Lot 5
  • 5

Li Shuang

400,000 - 600,000 RMB
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  • Li Shuang
  • Red and Black
  • oil on canvas
signed in Chinese and dated 1979 on the reverse


Private Collection, China


China, Beijing, Huafang Studio, The First Stars Art Exhibition, 27-29, September, 1979
China, Beijing, National Art Museum of China, The Second Star Group Art Exhibition, Auguest, 1980
USA, New York, China Institute Gallery, Blooming in the Shadows, Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985, 2012, p.146-151
China, Hong Kong, Asia Society Hong Kong, Light before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985, 15 May – 1 Sep 2013, p.147


Huo Shaoxia, China Contemporary Art-The Star Group Artists 1979-2000, Taipei Art Press, Taipei, Taiwan, 2001
Li Shuang
, Kwai Fung Art Publishing House, Hong Kong, China, 2008, p.123
Shuang: Private Notes in the 70s, New Star Press, Beijing, China, 2013, title page & p.22

Catalogue Note

As the only female member of the Star Group and one of the first Chinese to marry a foreigner after the Cultural Revolution, Li Shuang was a legendary figure in 1970s Beijing. Her life story and artistic accomplishment ensure her a prominent place in contemporary Chinese art history. Like many other young radicals, Li boldly announced her individuality against repressive society. In Red and Black, exhibited in the first Star Group exhibition, the red colour is engaged in a vigorous flight from the encompassing black background. This visual drama clearly conveys a demand for the freedom of expression and thought. Influenced by Western modernism and Expressionism in its painting technique, the work is a classic example of Li's art while with the Star Group period and is of tremendous art historical value.