16th Annual Los Angeles Art Show presents China Today

The 16th Annual Los Angeles Art Show, the most important art fair in the West, is proud to present the China Today Program this January.

China Today is a specially curated exhibition, accompanying lecture programming, and a film screening.

A special Asian Contemporary exhibition presented by 53 Art Museum from Guangzhou, China, curated and sponsored by the prominent Asian art magazines Art Gallery Magazine and Gallery Sights, will be a highlight of the China Today Program. The Los Angeles Art Show will also include a significant grouping of Chinese Galleries who have never shown works outside of China, providing an opportunity for visitors to see what’s really hot in Asian Art at the show from January 19-23, 2011.

53 Art Museum, a new cutting edge contemporary art institution located in Guangzhou, will present Three Walkers-Crossing Over.  Comprised of art installations and mixed media pieces, Three Walkers-Crossing Over is curated by Mr. Hu Zhen, and features works by three local artists from Guangzhou, Feng Feng, Qin Jin, and Liu Qing-Yuan. 

From the LA Art Festival

Born of the international momentum generated by China’s burgeoning art scene, 53 Art Museum is the first private contemporary museum in Guangzhou.  Though built with support from the Chinese government, the Museum’s mission is to support independent artists and raise public awareness of contemporary non-government art.

In this featured exhibition, these artists create a dialogue based upon generation.  Born in the 60s and 70s, their works reflect the complexity of the 21st-century’s social and artistic transformation in Southern  China. This exhibition provides visitors with a unique glimpse of the ferment that makes Chinese art so vital right now.

Feng Feng, a celebrated artist based out of Guangzhou, has exhibited extensively at galleries and museums throughout China.  Part of the acclaimed First Guangzhou Triennial, Feng Feng’s compelling work, Shin Brace was described in a 2002 Time Magazine article, ‘China’s Art Scene:  the Naked Truth’ as “a photograph of a human leg scaled up to fill an entire wall is shown wrapped in a wicked metal apparatus that seems part medical, part torture device. Steel barbs pierce traumatized skin in a scarring kiss. I look at the photo until I can’t look anymore, which isn’t long…Art is pain.”

Liu Qing-Yuan was born in the 1970s, in the Si-Chuan province, in South-Eastern China during the Cultural Revolution.   Liu Qing-Yuan focuses his works primarily on Woodcuts. In China, woodcut bears a special historical meaning. Its reproduction and propagation had been used a lot by the Chinese Communists during the China Civil War in 20th century. It played a great part in the daily life of the Chinese masses.  Woodcuts fulfilled a demand for various social images in the society–either the positives of  Communism or the negatives of  Capitalism.

After the country opened to the West in 1978, more mediums became available for artists and the woodcut lost its popularity, but Liu still favors the monochrome woodcut due to its reproduction and propagation. Liu’s woodcuts are not for political announcements; his printings are all about the daily life of different classes from every corner of  society:  prisoners, migrants, beggars on the streets. Liu Qin-Yuan’s works interpret “art reproduction” against the urban cultural background. When these reproduced woodcut images appear in daily life, they certainly speak in voices different from pop culture.

According to Qin Jin, whose performance & video installation of burned ironed clothing are almost x-ray like, describes her inspiration with, “I like cleaning the bathroom best among household chores because the skill set is not difficult and the results are clear. Ironing ranks second; ironing is work that requires both care and patience as well as a grasp of the essentials. It is finally a very special and not easily discovered way of expressing one’s emotions. Washing, airing and ironing the clothes one wears (or those of others, strangers for example) is like farming, reciting scripture, and breathing every day…”

More than 20 galleries from China, Taiwan and Korea will exhibit at the show.  Notable Asian-American galleries from the US will also participate in the Art Show, providing visitors an opportunity to see the similarities and differences between Asian Art from Asia, juxtaposed with Asian Art from America, and to find out what is really happening in Contemporary Asian Art…in Asia. Korean and Chinese Artists will be present during the course of the show to discuss their work.

The participating Art galleries from China and Taiwan include: Art Statements from Hong Kong; Cocolan Art Center from Beijing; F Q Projects from Shanghai, Gaffer from Hong Kong; Hao Space from Gaungdong; Louie Art Space from Beijing; Ming Jia GalleryMe Photo Gallery from Beijing; Proud Gallery from Beijing; See+Gallery from Beijing; Phoenix Art Palace from Jiangsu Province and X-power Gallery from Taipei.

Korean galleries, all from Seoul, South Korea, include: Chung Jark Gallery; Art Company Misool Sidae; Gallery Miz; Korea Art Center; Mayjune Gallery; Vit Gallery; and Dado Art Gallery. The Los Angeles Art Show will also feature American galleries that showcase Korean Art, including PYO Gallery from Los Angeles, CA and Seoul, South Korea. 

A lecture by Tao Dong Dong will take place on Thursday, January 20 at 2pm.  Contemporary Art in China will discuss Tao Dong Dong’s work and the experience of being a contemporary artist in today’s China. 

The Rising Tide – Film Screening will take place on Thursday, January 20 at 6pm.  Shot in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen in the summer of 2006, this documentary, directed by Robert Adanto, explores China’s march toward the future through the works of some their most talented photographers and video artists. This unflinching study is described as an “eye-opener” in every sense of the word.  As Richard Vine, Senior Editor, Art In America and author of New China, New Art wrote, “If you want a living sense of China’s contemporary art scene—and the artists who are shaking it up—check out “The Rising Tide.” It reveals some of the brightest and best new talents, capturing their works, their words, and their faces amid a swiftly changing environment.”

The Los Angeles Art Show will feature curator-guided gallery tours in Chinese and Korean during show hours.  Please check the website at www.laartshow.com for additional information and registration details. 

The Los Angeles Art Show takes place on January 19-23, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.   Los Angeles Art Show programming is included with show admission. For additional information about the Los Angeles Art Show, to register for a lecture or purchase online tickets, please visit www.laartshow.com. For additional information about the Opening Night Premiere Party or to purchase tickets, please visit www.laartshow.com/premiereparty.com. General admission to the Los Angeles Art Show is $20.  Opening Night Premiere Party:  Wednesday, January 19, 2011. Tickets are $125 and $500.   General Show Dates:  Thursday-Sunday, January 20-23, 2011.