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.
Savage Flowers and the Wild California Dream
Savage Flowers and the Wild California Dream
The botanical illustrations in the Huntington's "When They Were Wild" exhibition function as a probe into what is real, what is fictional, and what lies somewhere in between.
Pop-Life: Why Melrose Avenue is a Mecca for Graffiti Writers
Pop-Life: Why Melrose Avenue is a Mecca for Graffiti Writers
Melrose Avenue has served as a center for local graffiti artists, including MEAR ONE, AXIS, DYTCH, and LYNK, since the 1980s.
Inland Empire Artists Capture the Sense of 'Being Here'
Inland Empire Artists Capture the Sense of 'Being Here'
In the new exhibition "Being Here," Inland Empire artists are able to express their emotive inspiration about this underrepresented land just east of L.A.
Surf Nicaragua: The Nomadic Work of Paul Rodriguez
Surf Nicaragua: The Nomadic Work of Paul Rodriguez
Paul Rodriguez is a migratory visual artist producing a colorful, natural array of work utilizing different mediums to a beautifully arresting effect.
From Tar Pits: James Griffith's Petro-Artistic Paintings
From Tar Pits: James Griffith's Petro-Artistic Paintings
With his bucket of tar from the La Brea Tar pits, James Griffith brings to life emotion-filled portraits of animal life that -- almost magically -- appear out of a minimalist Zen-like backdrop.
Body of Work: David Adey's Ambitous Experiments
Body of Work: David Adey's Ambitous Experiments
David Adey is the type of artist whose complex ideas and concepts are often too time-consuming or expensive for him to actually bring to life -- but for his big solo show next year, Adey is going bigger and more complex than he's ever gone before.
Remixing NPR: The Dissonance and Deconstructivism of Patrick Faulk
Remixing NPR: The Dissonance and Deconstructivism of Patrick Faulk
Patrick Faulk creates provocative sculptures dealing with sound, structure, theory, existence, and identity in Santa Ana.
The Getty Looks East: A New Exhibition Connects Rubens and Korea Here in Los Angeles
The Getty Looks East: A New Exhibition Connects Rubens and Korea Here in Los Angeles
The exhibition presents an intricate study of a Europeans artist's curiosity about Asia and is the culmination of years of artistic and intellectual exchange between the U.S. and Korea.
One Hundred and Fifty Years On: African American Military Portraits from the American Civil War
One Hundred and Fifty Years On: African American Military Portraits from the American Civil War
A California African American Museum exhibit describes a more complex picture of mid-nineteenth century America than is usually projected into the public realm.
California Dreaming and the Car Painters of the SoCal Landscape
California Dreaming and the Car Painters of the SoCal Landscape
Rachel Rossner, curator of "California Dreaming: Plein-Air Painting from San Francisco to San Diego," shares observations about the beginnings of the plein-air landscape painting movement in California.
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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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