The opening reception for “China: FUSION,” a showcase of emerging Chinese artists at the LA Art Show, was delayed when the artworks were detained by U.S. Customs, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge announced at a press conference at the the LA Art Show’s Wendesday night premier party benefiting the Art of Elysium and The J. Paul Getty Museum’s Education Department.
LaBonge welcomed the Chinese exhibitors on behalf of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Mr. Che Zhaohe, Culture Consul of China Consulate-General in Los Angeles made some remarks about the showcase:
We’re here to listen. We’re here to share.
Explaining that just as the U.S. is a melting pot, so to is China a melting pot of many different ethnic groups, the consul continued:
The idea of China: FUSION is the Orient and the West to be fused together.
The art was cleared by customs and installed on Thursday, in time for public opening of the LA Art Show. China Fusion, a curated 3,600 square foot exhibit, showcases 100 pieces of art by 30 artists from China, and is meant to highlight the fusion of Eastern and Western culture through form and content.
On Friday January 25 at 4pm the LA Art Show presents a accompanying panel, Chinese Artists of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, with critic and journalist Weimei Chen; Tong Walton from Phoenix Art Palace; and Li Qiongbo, Editor of Art Gallery Magazine and founder of 53 Museum in Guangzhou, China.
Top image: Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge welcomes “China: FUSION” to LA Art Fair.
LA Art Show
Los Angeles Convention Center
January 23 to 27, 2013