10 Chancery Lane Gallery Art Projects, Chai Wan, presents an exhibition of the Stars, China’s first non-conformist artist group formed in 1970s.
Huang Rui and Wang Keping show their historic and recent works including Huang Rui’s Black Cat and White Cat.
Huang Rui will be presenting works from the early 80s and also recent works mixing color, structure and language. Wang Keping will be showing wood sculptures.
Huang Rui (b. 1952, Beijing) and Wang Keping (b. 1949, Beijing) are two of the founders of the first non-conformist artist’s group the Stars (Xing Xing) which was formed in 1979 during the post-cultural revolution “Beijing Spring.” The Chinese avant – garde art group the “Stars,” which included artists Wang Keping, Ai Weiwei, Ma Desheng and Li Shuang was active in from 1979 to 1983. This ground-breaking group of amateur artists was the first publicly active art collective to protest government censorship after the Cultural Revolution.
Huang Rui is a Chinese artist known for his social and cultural criticism. He continues to produce work that reflects the concerns of a highly socially engaged artist through historical references and satire of reality.
Huang Rui’s work has been widely exhibited, both in China and abroad, over the last three decades. Recent group exhibitions include Reshaping History: 2002-2009 Chinese Contemporary Art at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, and China Avant-Garde at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands. Solo exhibitions include Texts are the Legacy of Great Thought! at Chinese Contemporary in New York City, Les Rencontres d’Arles festival in France (2007), Comerchina at 10 Chancery Lane in Hong Kong, Animal Time in Chinese History at the Museo delle Mura in Rome and Huang Rui—The Stars’ Time, 1977-1984 at He Xiang Ning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China.
Wang Keping‘s works from the days of the Stars Exhibition through to the current day are looked at and his major themes are explored – women, mother and child, men, couples, heads, abstract forms, birds, and pure forms. The evolution of his work over the years can be seen here through some of his favourite works where form and nature guide his path. His works have been exhibited in the National Art Museum of China, the Fukuoka Museum in Japan, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Musée Maillol in Paris, the Groningen Museum in the Netherlands, the He Xiangning Art Museum in China and on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris at Les Champs de la Sculpture.