Stars 79–80

Edited by Li Xianting and Huang Rui

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Stars 79–80

Pub Date: February 2020

ISBN: 9789882371828

292 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $52.00

Stars 79–80

Edited by Li Xianting and Huang Rui

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

In the late 1970s, at the close of the Cultural Revolution, a group of young, largely auto-didact artists in China endeavored to create artwork that would depart from present norms and reflect individual ideals. It was a period of hope for the future, full of energy permeating all levels of society. The artists came from a variety of backgrounds and had an even greater variety of artistic training and skill, but their ideas united them around a common goal. The first exhibition organized by the Stars group (Xingxing huahui, 星星畫會) is one of the key outdoor shows and one of the most radical unofficial exhibitions following the end of the Cultural Revolution, representing for many scholars the beginnings of a Chinese avant-garde for a post-Mao China. It is a movement toward artistic democracy—a performance even—taking place over the course of three years and bringing an engaged group, with individual ideas, into the heart of the official art establishment. These Stars would set into motion the policies and norms that later generations of contemporary Chinese artists would build upon to expand their minds and artistic vocabularies.

In the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Stars, Stars 79–80 collects the most significant writings, images and artworks of the Stars. It captures the youthfulness and vibrancy of a new ideological movement that swept through the capital with hurricane force.

About the Author

Li Xianting is a famed independent art critic and curator of contemporary Chinese art in China. Today he is considered the "godfather of contemporary Chinese art".

Huang Rui is one of China’s most highly regarded artists and was one of the founders of the well-known Stars Group, the first non-conformist art groups in 1979 in China.