Visual Arts
From the urban typography of street graffiti to the Pop art provocations, California’s visual arts are as diverse as its population. Here, fine art meets multicultural folk traditions; digital design meets old world craftsmanship; and international styles merge with uniquely American ideas. It was here, after all, that oil painters captured idyllic images of the new American West in the 1890’s and the Culture Wars of the 1990’s made canvases and gallery walls into battlefields. Performance art considers the human body as a corporeal sculpture, canvas or a warzone, where ideas and ideals interact in the fles. Breaking from the European and New York old guard of art, California’s spirit of reinvention and exploration defines this state on the forever on the frontier.
The Un-Private Collection: Kara Walker and Ava DuVernay
The Un-Private Collection: Kara Walker and Ava DuVernay
As part of The Broad Museum's The Un-Private Collection, filmmaker Ava DuVernay recently spoke with artist Kara Walker about her artwork and recent sugar Sphinx sculpture, "A Subtlety."
Uncertain Intimacy: Sue Coe's AIDS Portfolio at Pomona Art Museum
Uncertain Intimacy: Sue Coe's AIDS Portfolio at Pomona Art Museum
Sue Coe's AIDS portfolio, on display at the Pomona College Museum of Art, portrays AIDS patients and their hospital environment, offering an intimate look at the AIDS crisis.
The Optimistic Edge: The Reduction Linocuts of Dave Lefner
The Optimistic Edge: The Reduction Linocuts of Dave Lefner
Dave Lefner's linocuts are iconic representations of the great energy and optimism associated with the nation's golden age of traveling and exploration.
Stas Orlovski's Moving Paintings
Stas Orlovski's Moving Paintings
Stas Orlovski "Chimera," inspired by the projections of the 18th and 19th century Phantasmagoria shows, creates a moving drawing of visual effusiveness.
Marjorie Cameron: Woman on the Verge
Marjorie Cameron: Woman on the Verge
The new exhibition "Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman," revisits the legacy of Marjorie Cameron, a towering figure of mid-century counterculture and subversive art in L.A.
Rob Sato's 'Memory Maps'
Rob Sato's 'Memory Maps'
Rob Sato layers personal, historical, and fictional elements into his imagery that touch on themes of memory and time.
The Avant-Garde at the Orange County Museum of Art
The Avant-Garde at the Orange County Museum of Art
OCMA's exhibition "The Avant-Garde Collection" examines the ever-evolving definition of avant-garde as it is represented through their permanent collection.
Cleared for Take Off: Public Art at LAX
Cleared for Take Off: Public Art at LAX
A contemporary arts festival at LAX explores the visual dynamics of air travel.
The Un-Private Collection: John Currin and James Cuno
The Un-Private Collection: John Currin and James Cuno
James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, speaks with artist John Currin about how traditional portraiture influenced Currin's modern interpretation of the form.
Expedition Painter Danielle Eubank's Body of Water Works
Expedition Painter Danielle Eubank's Body of Water Works
Danielle Eubank's gets closer to her goal of painting all the world's oceans as she prepares to leave for a month-long voyage to the Arctic Circle north of Norway.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline

Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline

Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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