The 2013 LA Art Show presents a special exhibition-China: FUSION- organized by China’s National Base for International Culture Trade, under the commission and guidance of the China Ministry of Culture and Shanghai Municipal Culture Radio and Television Bureau. China: FUSION showcases emerging artists from China and highlights the artists’ fusion of Eastern and Western culture through content and form.
The 3,600 square feet of exhibition space will be designed as a traditional Chinese style “9-Couleurs,” with the main exhibition area highlighting Chinese artists who were cutting-edge between the 1940s and the 1980s. Flanking this area are eight contemporary art galleries from Beijing and Shanghai, each featuring some of China’s top artists, with a total of over 100 pieces of artwork.
For decades, Chinese artists have been striving for a conscious blending
of Chinese and Western art. In the 1920s, Lin Fengmian became a
frontline pioneer of this endeavor and advocated for a synthesis of the
traits in Chinese and Western art. Lin claimed to have been the first to
incorporate Western art concepts into Chinese artistic expression.
This exhibition’s theme is FUSION. Apart from being an endeavor to share
creative contemporary artistic expression and lifestyle through a now
fearless exchange between Chinese and Western traditions and culture,
the exhibition pays special attention to the interpretation of Western and
Works were selected from Chinese artists in different age groups in order
to cast a spotlight on the relationship between traditional Chinese culture
and contemporary art and lifestyle in Western and Eastern worlds in the
40-year-span between 1940 and 1980. With a strong impact on artistic
creation, traditional cultural influences are fused seamlessly into inspiring
artistic explorations to form the contemporary artistic expression of
Liu Yi, an artist, graduated from the Beijing Film Academy after finishing his
secondary high school study in the Middle
School a9liated with the China Academy of
Art. He has been awarded several times for
his contributions to art direction in several
box-o9ce blockbuster films like The Red
Detachment of Women, Xiao Hua, Miao Miao,
and Sunset Street. In 1989, Liu Yi and his
wife settled in Australia. He became deeply
involved in this foreign environment with a
completely diRerent cultural background
which oRered him new insights into the
understanding of artistic expression.
Attempting to blend into local life, he adopted
an intriguing approach of incorporating
Chinese painting techniques and colors into
his works to express his views and emotions.
The painting Luoti Xieyi was created after he
arrived in Australia.
born in 1942, became a student of Wu Guanzhong, who is perhaps the
best-known contemporary Chinese painter in the world, at the age of 16 and was
influenced by his teacher’s creation style. He developed a solid understanding
of Western modernist painting characteristics and theories, and allowed new art
concepts derived from the application of point, line and plane, color composition
and comparison, and the composition of repetition and variety to dominate his
work. The bold use of black and white, and rich, strong colors are commonly
found in Li Fuyuan’s paintings. To ensure
the quality of the colors, he never mixed
them with black ink, but preferred to put
heavy black ink against bright colors to
create contrast, allowing them to support,
embrace, and complement each other. Li is
in pursuit of simplicity, honesty, and strong
emotional response via his work. Several of
his paintings were auctioned at Sotheby’s
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