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REVIEWS

HONG KONG

Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Light Before Dawn

Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985

HUANG RUI, Door, Girl, Plant, 1981, Oil on canvas, 76 x 90 cm. Photo by Nick Ma. Courtesy Asia Society, Hong Kong.

There is a quiet satisfaction in viewing unfamiliar, accomplished and important work in handsome surroundings. “Light Before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974–1985” certainly met these criteria. Housed in the cool, granite-vaulted galleries of Asia Society Hong Kong, the show traced the brief lives of three unofficial art movements in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, before the untamed arrival of…

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