STARS GROUP

Stars group were a short-lived avant-garde group of self-taught artists operating in Beijing between 1979 and 1983, staging outdoor exhibitions, street demonstrations and public readings.

In September 1979 stars group displayed their artworks without permission on railings adjoining the China Art Gallery. When they were forced to remove the works they organised a protest march and as a result were given permission to exhibit their art in an event that was attended by more than 80,000 people. While this marked a watershed for artistic freedom in China, it was short lived.

The group faced harsh official criticism and in 1983, due to political pressure they disbanded with many of the members leaving China. Artists associated with Stars Group include Ai Weiwei, Huang Rui, Li Shuang, Ma Desheng and Wang Keping.

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