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.
Best of Southern California Street Art
Best of Southern California Street Art
We selected the best Southern California street art stories from Artbound 's second season.
Geographies of Detention, Inside and from Afar
Geographies of Detention, Inside and from Afar
The California Museum of Photography's exhibition, "Geographies of Detention: From Guantánamo to the Golden Gulag," merges art and activism, exposing the realities of U.S. prison systems through visual form.
Shaping Contemporary Sculpture on the Central Coast
Shaping Contemporary Sculpture on the Central Coast
The California Sculpture Slam aims to showcase the work of contemporary artists from the Sierras to San Diego and raise the profile of San Luis Obispo County as a creative mecca.
Big Deal, Tiny Creatures and the Art History of Echo Park's Recent Past
Big Deal, Tiny Creatures and the Art History of Echo Park's Recent Past
Noticed by major art publications, Tiny Creatures changed the possibilities of what an art space could be in Echo Park.
Everything is Illuminated: Extra-Illustrated Books at The Huntington
Everything is Illuminated: Extra-Illustrated Books at The Huntington
The Huntington Library's extra-illustrated books are treasure troves of art, their pages filled with original watercolors, prints, and illustrations from as early as the 18th century.
A New Generation of San Fernando Valley Muralists Colors the City
A New Generation of San Fernando Valley Muralists Colors the City
Van Nuys Boulevard's Mural Mile is a growing collection of drive-by artwork that add color and life to the neighborhood, created by an informal crew of artists under 30 years-old.
Nathan Mabry: Wit and Consternation in Contemporary Sculpture
Nathan Mabry: Wit and Consternation in Contemporary Sculpture
Sculptor Nathan Mabry reimagines a familiar form of public art, the heroic monument, in a way that is startlingly inventive and very funny.
Good Intentions: Re-Imagining Norman Rockwell's Boy Scouts
Good Intentions: Re-Imagining Norman Rockwell's Boy Scouts
In "Good Intentions," artists confront and re-contextualize Norman Rockwell's idyllic, patriotic Boy Scout illustrations from a modern lens.
Where Spontaneity Meets Sanity: The Ethereal Watercolors of Mary Wright
Where Spontaneity Meets Sanity: The Ethereal Watercolors of Mary Wright
Artist and environmentalist Mary Wright's mixed-media watercolor paintings are inspired in part by the spontaneity and spirituality of Japanese sumi-e, or ink painting.
L.A. Artists and the 'Squareness' of Clay
L.A. Artists and the 'Squareness' of Clay
L.A.'s clay artists are using the medium to create astounding new contemporary works.
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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.

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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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