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.
Artbound 2012: Best of Visual Arts
Artbound 2012: Best of Visual Arts
We selected the best 2012 articles and videos from the category: Visual Arts.
The Journey to Border Monument Number 140
The Journey to Border Monument Number 140
David Taylor set out to photograph each of the 276 obelisks installed by the International Boundary Commission following the Mexican/American War.
Street Artist RISK Transforms Skid Row with Murals
Street Artist RISK Transforms Skid Row with Murals
Artist RISK has created a vibrant mural called "Ye Sun" on a wall facing L.A.'s Skid Row to bring art to this blighted corner of downtown.
Virtual Buddhist Art Apprenticeships: Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo's Online Ancient Tibetan Spiritual Art Form
Virtual Buddhist Art Apprenticeships: Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo's Online Ancient Tibetan Spiritual Art Form
An established artist in ancient Buddhist textile art, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo instructs students all around the world using such modern tools as pdf files, web cams and teleconferencing via Skype.
Ken Gonzales-Day Re-Examines Violence, Race, and Identity
Ken Gonzales-Day Re-Examines Violence, Race, and Identity
Ken Gonzales-Day brings a grim forgotten California history to life in the present day and addresses art history and its troubled relationship to the representation of race.
Of Rabbits and Ronin: The Charismatic Characters of Stan Sakai's Comic Books
Of Rabbits and Ronin: The Charismatic Characters of Stan Sakai's Comic Books
Japanese American artist and writer, Stan Sakai draws on the multi-cultural artistic nexus that is Los Angeles, creating characters, settings and imagery that are Japanese, but whose lettering and narrative style originate mostly in the West.
Adam Silverman: A Feeling for Clay
Adam Silverman: A Feeling for Clay
Artist Adam Silverman discusses the inspiration behind his creation of new pots and sculptures that are currently on view at the Edward Cella Gallery through December 29.
The Alchemist: Ian Ruhter's Adventures in Silver and Light
The Alchemist: Ian Ruhter's Adventures in Silver and Light
Ian Ruhter tweaks and bends the possibilities of an antique photographic process to create dreamlike, elusively temporal images of his subjects.
Exposing Underground Art in Laguna Beach
Exposing Underground Art in Laguna Beach
ex•pose is a new program at Laguna Art Museum that focuses on one emerging or mid-career contemporary artist at a time. Artist Macha Suzuki's installations are featured until January 2013.
Erotic Whimsy and the High Art of Letting Go: Life with Fred Gowland
Erotic Whimsy and the High Art of Letting Go: Life with Fred Gowland
A prolific painter and collected internationally, 72 year-old Fred Gowland is on a mission these days to explode everything he has ever learned about art.
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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.

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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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