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.
Tom of Finland in Los Angeles
Tom of Finland in Los Angeles
Tom of Finland's masterful drawings of the male form didn't just echo an emerging segment of gay male culture; they helped shape it.
Leigh McCloskey: Deciphering the Hieroglyphs of the Human Soul
Leigh McCloskey: Deciphering the Hieroglyphs of the Human Soul
Leigh J. McCloskey's work "Hieroglyph of the Human Soul" has over 12 years swelled with meticulously laid acrylics in finely detailed strokes of cosmic colors.
Tapping the Third Realm: Artists Exploring Spiritual Dimensions
Tapping the Third Realm: Artists Exploring Spiritual Dimensions
The new exhibition explores how artists tap into another dimension, whether it is a place of spirits, ideas of heaven, or the collective unconscious.
Natasha Shoro's Spiritual Homecoming Paintings
Natasha Shoro's Spiritual Homecoming Paintings
Pakistani-American Natasha Shoro's new series "The Essence of Being" demonstrates her desire to explore the essence of who she is as a woman, an artist, and a spiritual being.
Spanish Architect Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation
Spanish Architect Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation
Andrés Jaque's new sculptural exhibit at REDCAT manifests the hidden socio-political histories and interpersonal networks in L.A. that are too often lost in transit.
David B. Jang and Reconstituting the Commonplace
David B. Jang and Reconstituting the Commonplace
For Korean-born David B. Jang, the re-appropriation and reconstitution of everyday objects and industrial cast-offs is at the core of his artistic endeavors.
Just Add Water: Artist Rob Reynolds Explores the Aqueduct
Just Add Water: Artist Rob Reynolds Explores the Aqueduct
Artist Rob Reynolds' show, "Just Add Water: Artworks Inspired by the L.A. Aqueduct," explores L.A.'s complicated relationship with water.
Triumphs Over Trauma: The Scar Prints of Ted Meyer
Triumphs Over Trauma: The Scar Prints of Ted Meyer
Ted Meyer's "Scarred for Life" series takes mono-prints directly off the skin of models who were scarred by an illness or injury.
Santa Ana Seeks Artists to Beautify Utility Boxes
Santa Ana Seeks Artists to Beautify Utility Boxes
A new project in Santa Ana seeks artists' help to give color to those ubiquitous utility boxes.
Van Saro: Life and Art on the Streets
Van Saro: Life and Art on the Streets
Canandian-born artist Van Saro's L.A. street art illustrate a deep struggle for survival by reaching into the darkest corners of the political landscape.
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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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