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Stars Art Exhibition

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The Star(s) Art Exhibition (Xīngxīng měizhǎn 星星美展) took place on September 27, 1979 when The Stars Art Group (Xīngxīng 星星)), a group of avant-garde and self-taught (not trained in the Academy) Chinese artists, staged an unpermitted exhibition on the railings of the China Art Gallery after being denied an official exhibition space.[1][2] The artists used formerly banned western style, from post-impressionism to abstract expressionism to challenge both aesthetic convention and political authority. Their exhibition was closed by the police and they posted a notice on Democracy Wall.[3] In November, the group held their first formal exhibition, Star Art Exhibition, at Beihai Park, Beijing. The exhibition included 163 works by 23 nonprofessional artists.[4] Star Art exhibition was a milestone in China's contemporary art.[5]


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  2. ^ "The 'Stars' (Xing Xing): The Origins of Contemporary Chinese Art". The Royal Academy of Arts. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ Gladston, Paul (2014-06-15). Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History. Reaktion Books. ISBN 9781780233086.
  4. ^ Bryson, Norman; Galleries, Asia Society; Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern (1998-01-01). Inside Out: New Chinese Art. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520217485.
  5. ^ China's New Art, Post-1989. Hong Kong: Hanart TZ Gallery. 1993. p. 19.

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