Light before Dawn 黎明曙光

Unofficial Chinese Art 1974–1985 一九七四至一九八五年中國的前衛藝術

Kuiyi Shen and Julia F. Andrews 沈揆一、安雅蘭

ISBN : 978-988-12272-2-5

Film, Media, Fine Arts Distributed for Asia Society Hong Kong Center 亞洲協會香港中心

May 2013

184 pages, 10.25″ x 11.75″, color illustrations

  • HK$250.00

The catalogue documents the stories of twenty-two artists from the Wuming, Xingxing and Caocao art groups presented in the Light Before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974–1985 exhibition at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Emerging from the Cultural Revolution, these groups of artists sought artistic truth in the authenticity of human desire, explored the personal meaning of creativity, and asserted the value of the individual in the critical period leading up to the Communist Party’s decision to allow modern artistic practices in 1985. Written by the curators, Dr. Kuiyi Shen and Dr. Julia F. Andrews, the catalogue also includes short articles by artists from each group.


Kuiyi Shen is Director of Chinese Studies Program and Professor of Asian Art History, Theory, and Criticism at University of California, San Diego, whose teaching and writing has focus on Chinese and Japanese art with an emphasis on modern and contemporary Chinese art and Sino-Japanese art exchanges in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Julia F. Andrews is Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in Department of History of Art at the Ohio State University. A specialist in Chinese art, she was the first American art historian to conduct dissertation research in China after formal establishment of US-China relations in 1979.