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.
Samira Yamin and the Craft of Consciousness
Samira Yamin and the Craft of Consciousness
Iranian-American artist Samira Yamin's work hints of feelings of separation and isolation inspired by her experience as a child of the Iranian diaspora .
Drawing Tension with Graphite: Nancy Baker Cahill
Drawing Tension with Graphite: Nancy Baker Cahill
In her "Virgil" series at Vibiana, Nancy Baker Cahill's shades of graphite gray swirl like a tempest on large, bold canvasses.
The Riverside Legacy: California Plein Air Paintings Past and Present
The Riverside Legacy: California Plein Air Paintings Past and Present
In a new exhibition at the the Riverside Art Museum, featured works tell the history of plein air in Riverside and other parts of the Inland region.
Hiromi Takizawa's ULTRAVIOLET Illuminations
Hiromi Takizawa's ULTRAVIOLET Illuminations
Hiromi Takizawa's "ULTRAVIOLET: Light Installation" explores the role of light in architectural and environmental spaces.
Kamol Tassananchalee: Thailand's Emissary of Art
Kamol Tassananchalee: Thailand's Emissary of Art
Artist Kamol Tassananchalee shares the Thai artistic spirit overseas and encourages fellow Thai artists and his students to draw inspiration from their own roots and overseas.
Soft Parade: The Quiet Violence of Alika Cooper
Soft Parade: The Quiet Violence of Alika Cooper
The artwork of Alika Cooper is appropriated from the work of male photographers and arranged into sumptuous collages.
5 SoCal Galleries to Check Out at L.A. Art Show
5 SoCal Galleries to Check Out at L.A. Art Show
This year's L.A. Art Show at the L.A. Convention Center work from L.A. players La Luz de Jesus, Thinkspace, and other local galleries.
The Sublime Frontier Pop World of Pablo Castañeda
The Sublime Frontier Pop World of Pablo Castañeda
Pablo Castañeda's work is a vivid patchwork of all that is beautiful and devastating about life on the U.S.-Mexico border.
UGLARworks: Explorers of Los Angeles
UGLARworks: Explorers of Los Angeles
Art collective UGLARworks takes an almost anthropological approach to Los Angeles and share their findings with an audience that extends far beyond the county line.
The Mystical Mindscapes of Hung Viet Nguyen
The Mystical Mindscapes of Hung Viet Nguyen
Hung Viet Nguyen transitioned from a career as a biologist to one as an artist. He has maintained a keen interest in the way living creatures live, procreate, interact and die.
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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.

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Visual Arts

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


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