The America China Oil Painting Artists League has only nine days left to receive the funding necessary to send 100 of America's best contemporary, representational paintings on a historic tour of China - and they need your help.
Founded in 2010, ACOPAL was created with the purpose of fostering an arts dialogue between China and the United States of America through both exhibitions and the sharing of knowledge. China, whose painting academies were heavily influenced by 19th century Russian schools (and especially the Peredvizhniki), continued to prize realism throughout the 20th century, even while the western world had sought to devalue it. China's adherence to the traditional training methods (European tempered by Russia) has meant that the caliber of work produced by the students of their academies has remained high over the past century. Now that America has seen a renewed interest in representational art, there has been a greater desire for the realist artists and collectors from both countries to see what each other has been producing. With China stepping farther away from the isolationism it imposed upon itself during its stricter Communist rule, the opportunity to share ideas between the two countries has never been greater, and ACOPAL is the first organization trying bridge the gap between these two cultures.
During the past two years, the American branch of ACOPAL has held two major showings of contemporary American and Chinese realist art, the first at the National Arts Club in New York City, and the Second at the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio. The organization's next plan is to send 100 of these American works on a tour of six major museums in China, where it is expected the paintings will be viewed by over one million museum attendees. Several of the participating artists are hoping to accompany the works to the opening of the exhibit in Beijing, where they will participate in panel discussions and take part in demonstrations at the city's Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Unfortunately, ACOPAL does not yet have the necessary funding to pay for the travel expenses of the 20 artists it intended to send to Beijing, nor the finances to crate and send the 100 artworks to China. The difficulty of obtaining the needed financial support has proved to be a great obstacle, and without additional help, the plans for this historic endeavor may need to be put on hold, possibly indefinitely.
In an effort to raise the remaining funds in time, ACOPAL has listed their project on the Kickstarter website, and many of the participating artists have stepped forward to offer paintings, products, and services in exchange for your pledges. Gifts of appreciation include exhibition catalogs from the 2011 ACOPAL exhibit at the Butler Institute in exchange for a $25 donation, a five-day workshop with Paul McCormack for a donation of $500, an original painting by Joseph Todorovitch for $1000, and in thanks for a $5000 gift, a portrait sitting with American Master Max Ginsburg. Visit the ACOPAL Kickstarter page for the entire list of gift options. Of course, any support would be appreciated, and pledges for as low as $1.00 are certainly welcome.
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Should ACOPAL's plans come to fruition, the next step would include plans for exhibits of works by realist Chinese artists in America, along with seminars and workshops where American artists could learn from the traditional methods now taught in the Chinese academies.