The no name: a history of a self-exiled avant-garde, '無名': 一個悲劇前衛的歷史
This publication by Gao Minglu provides a critical re-evaluation of the No Name Group and its significance and role within the context of Chinese contemporary art. Gao wrote, 'In the history of Chinese contemporary art, the "No Name" group was the first at-large art collective, emerging even earlier than the more widely known Stars group. The "No Name" group forged a path quite at variance with the mainstream revolutionary ideology of the Cultural Revolution period, steadfastly maintaining the imporatance of "art for art's sake". And for many years thereafter they quietly painted, rarely participating in public exhibitions. The "Pure Art" philosophy of the "No Name" group doesn't tally with the dominant artistic thinking of the twentieth century, with its heavy emphasis on social relevance. To this day, the "No Name" group remains largely unknown. Its history members, works, and discursive formations await study.'
Chronology of the No Name group and biographies of its members are included in this book.