Blooming in the Shadows: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985

When 15 Sep 2011 - 11 Dec 2011
Where China Institute
125 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
United States
Enquiry 212 744 8181

Shi Zhenyu, Yuyuantan Landscape, 1965. Courtesy of the artist and China Institute

September 15 – December 11, 2011

Opening Reception and Lecture: September 15, 6:30-8pm

Press Release:

Contemporary Chinese art has taken the art world by storm in the last decade through heralded museum exhibitions, well-read publications, and heavily attended art auctions. However, even with all this attention, few exhibitions have asked the question of how—against the background of thirty-five years of Socialist Realism—this internationally-oriented artwork suddenly appeared and why it captured the attention of the international art market. Blooming in the Shadows: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985 will introduce the work of three unofficial Chinese art groups who worked in this vein: the No Names, the Stars, and the Grass Society—all of which arose following the end of the Cultural Revolution and helped launch the avant-garde movement in China. These artists pursued creatively diverse paths to personal artistic freedom under the harsh political circumstances of the time. Blooming in the Shadows will examine work produced by these three significant groups of young artists in the critical decade after the end of the Cultural Revolution leading up the Communist party’s 1985 decision to allow modern artistic practices.

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