NEW YORK – Explosion artist Cai Guo-Qiang has “what every artist is looking for: a signature form,” says art critic Ben Davis in the documentary Sky Ladder, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. The film follows Guo-Qiang’s childhood and international career, culminating in his most ambitious project: Sky Ladder, a mammoth fireworks display in the form of a ladder reaching to the clouds – an endeavor that took four attempts and more than twenty years to accomplish. On 13 October, to celebrate the documentary’s Netflix debut, Sotheby’s invited guests to a private reception and screening hosted by Samantha Boardman, Aby Rosen, Tad Smith and executive producer Bennett Miller. After the film, Guo-Qiang was joined by Miller and the film’s producer Wendi Murdoch for a Q&A. “I feel I never really grew up,” explained the artist on what the documentary taught him about himself. “I’m still the same boy who dreamed about seeing the stars and touching the clouds.”

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