This summer, Artbound celebrated its one-year anniversary and finished its second season of programming. Season 2 took our exploration of Southern California's cultural landscape to new heights: from the banks of the Tijuana river to underneath the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, from the vast high desert of the Antelope Valley to the beaches of San Diego. We explored art in museums and scrawled on sidewalks; performances under the stars and in the spotlights onstage. Since January, we've published 225 new articles, produced 14 short documentaries, and broadcast three hour-long television episodes.
Today, we look back at five of this season's most memorable articles from our Asian Accents series. Artbound contributor Meher McArthur immersed herself in California's Asian arts scene -- its ethereal watercolors, bold caligraphy, intricate Tibetan design, and experimental works that defy dimension. Enjoy!
At 102 years old, Tyrus Wong's prolific career as a motion picture illustrator is being recognized in an upcoming documentary film.
Nepalese artist Hit Man Gurung's residency at 18th Street Arts Center offers a unique perspective on the devastating effects of war and globalization on this Himalayan nation.
Marjan K. Vayghan's "Legacy Crates," a series of transformed art shipping crates, symbolizes her journey from Iran, the land of her ancestry, and her transcultural life and identity in the U.S.
Lan-Chiann Wu's paintings are a unique cross pollination of traditional Chinese ink painting and Western artistic styles and techniques.
L.A.-based artist Shizuko Greenblatt creates sculptural works informed by the flower arranging tradition of her native Japan.
Top Image: "Reflections of the Past" by Lan-Chiann Wu, 1999, ink on paper. | Image courtesy of the artist.
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California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.
Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.
Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.
At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.
Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.
Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.
A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.
Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.
Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.