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.
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.
Graffiti Scrolls Enter the Getty's Canon
Graffiti Scrolls Enter the Getty's Canon
Collector Ed Sweeney collaborated with the Getty to assemble a monumental "piece-book" that represents the works of regional graffiti artists.
Decomposed Compositions: John Knuth's Fly Paintings
Decomposed Compositions: John Knuth's Fly Paintings
When painting, L.A. artist John Knuth collaborates with an unusual partner: the humble fly.
California Dreams: Edwin Deakin's Mission Paintings
California Dreams: Edwin Deakin's Mission Paintings
Edwin Deakin created beautifully harmonious and understated studies of the missions of California in the final years of the 19th century.
Floral Fusion: The Ikebana Sculptures of Shizuko Greenblatt
Floral Fusion: The Ikebana Sculptures of Shizuko Greenblatt
L.A.-based artist Shizuko Greenblatt creates sculptural works informed by the flower arranging tradition of her native Japan.
American Life Remembered: Kenton Nelson's Comfort Art
American Life Remembered: Kenton Nelson's Comfort Art
Artist Kenton Nelson paints an idealized world of Southern California, where the mundane is glorified, reality is heightened, and perfection can be downright disturbing.
From Gangs to Art: The Salvation of Fabian Debora
From Gangs to Art: The Salvation of Fabian Debora
Fabian Debora paints like many latter-day Chicano artists, employing visual irony to address wider themes only tangentially related to traditional barrio concerns.
Orlando in the Mist: The Work of Katie Herzog
Orlando in the Mist: The Work of Katie Herzog
L.A. artist Katie Herzog's latest work, debuting at the Night Gallery on June 29, deals with the issues of transgendered language and identity.
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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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