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.
From Groo to MAD Magazine: The Cartoons of Sergio Aragones
From Groo to MAD Magazine: The Cartoons of Sergio Aragones
Sergio Aragones is one of the icons of cartoon art. A contributor to MAD Magazine since the 1960s, Aragones continues to attend comic book conventions around the county.
David Flores: The Saint-Maker
David Flores: The Saint-Maker
Artist David Flores' portraits are a celebration of culture. His work is the culmination of subcultures including collectables, skateboarding, mural making, and street wear.
THIS Gallery: Reflecting on the Highland Park Art Space
THIS Gallery: Reflecting on the Highland Park Art Space
THIS Los Angeles was a self-sustained gallery that thrived in Highland Park for over three years, welcoming aesthetics and norms born out of California's DIY street culture.
Art Becomes Pop Culture at Comic-Con
Art Becomes Pop Culture at Comic-Con
Art inhabits an unusual space at regional Comic-Cons. Certain genres of art -- from fantasy to pop surrealism to designer toys -- have long had a home at the convention.
Tony Greene's Posthumous Triple Feature
Tony Greene's Posthumous Triple Feature
An active figure in the LGBTQ community before his death of AIDS in 1990, Tony Greene's artwork is being represented in three major exhibitions this year.
A Homecoming for Kenny Scharf
A Homecoming for Kenny Scharf
The bubblegum aesthetic of Kenny Scharf has surfaced on the street art of Los Angeles, the hometown of the artist that is largely associated with New York.
The Imperfect Perfection of Fatemeh Burnes
The Imperfect Perfection of Fatemeh Burnes
Iranian-American artist Fatemeh Burnes creates abstract artworks that mingle in a realm of existential self reflection.
Poetry in Action: Julie B. Montgomery's Zen Paintings
Poetry in Action: Julie B. Montgomery's Zen Paintings
Carpinteria-based artist Julie Montgomery's landscape paintings retain the compositional integrity one ordinarily associates with pure abstraction.
High Desert Hideaway: Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
High Desert Hideaway: Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
A sea of nearly 200 welded metal trees, Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch confronts the excess of consumer waste through a folk art.
The Art of the Motorcycle
The Art of the Motorcycle
Robert Williams, foremost authority on custom car and motorcycle culture in SoCal, facilitates a new exhibit at Glendale's Forest Lawn Museum.
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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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