China Institute Gallery Opens Blooming in the Shadows: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985 Exhibition

The China Institute Gallery presents Blooming in the Shadows: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985 an exhibition on view September 15 – December 11, 2011.


Zhang Wei, Temple of Heaven 1, 1976, Oil on paperboard, 20.5 x 25 cm (unframed), 42 x 51.5 cm (framed), Collection of the Artist.

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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