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Light Before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985


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  • Light Before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985
  • Light Before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985
  • Light Before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985

Out of the darkness of Mao's Cultural Revolution emerged three influential contemporary art groups—Wuming (No Name), Xingxing (Stars) and Caocao (Grass Society)—that shared a commitment to push Chinese art past the confines of Socialist Realism. While each took markedly different approaches aesthetically, their pieces all elevate the value of personal creativity and expression to the forefront, and are a time capsule of an post-Mao era that is seldom explored from an artistic perspective. This exhibition features over a hundred works from 21 artists, including Zhang Wei, Ma Desheng, Ma Kelu and Ai Weiwei.

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