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.
The Grand Grotesquerie of Gabe Bartalos
The Grand Grotesquerie of Gabe Bartalos
"Abhorrence and Obsession" celebrates the surreal and fantastical worlds of special effects artist Gabe Bartalos.
Reza Sepahdari's Prayers for Peace
Reza Sepahdari's Prayers for Peace
Iranian-born Reza Sepahdari makes art in Temecula's wine country. He believes in the role of the artist as a messenger of peace.
Getting Lost in the Arid Expanse with Diane Best
Getting Lost in the Arid Expanse with Diane Best
In her paintings and photographs, artist Diane Best illustrates timeless desert panoramic landscapes of the Mojave.
Dynamic Exchange: The Pacific Rim Triennial
Dynamic Exchange: The Pacific Rim Triennial
The first Pacific Rim Triennial at the Orange County Museum of Art continues a push to position the O.C. as a significant player in the international art community.
Infinite Maybes: The Liminal Spaces of Hirokazu Kosaka
Infinite Maybes: The Liminal Spaces of Hirokazu Kosaka
L.A.-based Japanese artist, Hirokazu Kosaka explores the concept of in-between spaces in his transformative pieces.
Best of Visual Artists
Best of Visual Artists
We selected the best articles on visual artists from Artbound's second season.
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.
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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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