Light before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985
Light before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985 presents a revealing look at the creative spectrum of China’s most influential contemporary artists from three different artist groups of the period: Wuming (No Name), Xingxing (Star), and Caocao (Grass Society). More than one hundred artworks, including a significant number of paintings and sculptures, will be on view, together with ephemera and personal items.
Wuming, Xingxing and Caocao were formed by like-minded artists in Beijing and Shanghai during the 1970s. Spanning two generations, the artists never ceased to create artworks, sometimes working quietly and even secretly, until the Communist Party’s decision to relax restrictions on artistic practices in 1985. Between the pivotal years of 1974 and 1985, the young members of Wuming, Xingxing and Caocao sought to resist the proliferation of official art by innovating through new interpretations of nature, abstraction and ink painting. Crossing the boundaries of subject matter and style, they often questioned, re-evaluated and redefined the forms, the nature of beauty and the art of China. Works in the exhibition trace the beginning of modernism in the post-Mao era. The exhibition aims to shed light on the little-known artwork of this era, which helped to set the stage for the emergence of a contemporary art movement in China and also on the global scene.
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Starting from May 17, 2013, Gallery Guided Tours will be available at the following times and days during the week and tours start at the Gallery Reception.
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Art with political twist goes on show, South China Morning Post, May 14, 2013
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Light Before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985, HK Magazine, June 4, 2013
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In conjunction with the exhibition Light before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985, Asia Society Hong Kong Center hosts a variety of lectures and film screenings.
An Evening with the Minds Behind 'Light Before Dawn'
Light Before Dawn: Curatorial Introduction & A Conversation with Artist Huang Rui
The Enduring Passion for Ink
Underground Art During Mao's Cultural Revolution
Asia Society Chinese Arts Documentary Series
This catalogue is published on the occasion of Asia Society Hong Kong Center's exhibition, Light before Dawn, Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985. On view from May 15, 2013 to September 1, 2013, this exhibition presents a revealing look at the creative spectrum of China’s most influential contemporary artists from three different artist groups of the period: Wuming (No Name), Xingxing (Star), and Caocao (Grass Society). The book includes a catalogue of all exhibited works, historical context, an essay from the curators, and artist biographies and descriptions of their works. Color plates and descriptions of works from the following 22 artists are included: Du Xia, Li Shan, Ma Kelu, Shi Xixi, Shi Zhenyu, Tian Shuying, Wang Aihe, Wei Hai, Zhang Wei, Zheng Zigang, Zheng Ziyan, Ai Wei Wei, Huang Rui, Li Shuang, Ma Desheng, Qu Leilei, Wang Keping, Yan Li, Chen Jialing, Chen Juyuan, Jiang Depu, Qiu Deshu.
Title: Light Before Dawn, Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985 一九七四至一九八五年中國的前衛藝術
Number of pages: 182
Publisher: Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Design: Andrew Wong Ming Chung