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.
Sandra Kay Johnson: A Personal Passion for Public Art
Sandra Kay Johnson: A Personal Passion for Public Art
Arroyo Grande artist Sandra Kay Johnson taps into her love of the natural world while working in stained glass, bronze sculpture and silk painting.
Graphic Designers of the L.A. Art World
Graphic Designers of the L.A. Art World
L.A. based graphic designers Brian Roettinger, Jessica Fleischmann, Tanya Rubbak, and Kimberly Varella talk about their collaborations and their inspirations.
Future Perfect: The Midcentury Modern Paintings of Danny Heller
Future Perfect: The Midcentury Modern Paintings of Danny Heller
Midcentury-modern architecture is back in fashion, but what draws the 20- and 30-somethings? Danny Heller, who paints Palm Springs chic in almost photorealistic fashion, explains the attraction.
Ken Price's Fantastic, Idiosyncratic Blobs
Ken Price's Fantastic, Idiosyncratic Blobs
Until recently, Ken Price was one of L.A.'s most overlooked masters. The exhibition, Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective at LACMA features an array of work completed by the artist throughout his career.
Under the Green Moon with Paul Turounet
Under the Green Moon with Paul Turounet
Paul Turounet attempts to document first-hand the undocumented immigrant experience at the U.S.-Mexico border. He snaps pictures of migrants, and affixes their portraits on the border wall.
Art on the Asphault: Cecelia Ramos Linayao's Street Sketches
Art on the Asphault: Cecelia Ramos Linayao's Street Sketches
Cecelia Ramos Linayao is a street artist heading up a small team working on the featured panel commemorating the 10th Anniversary of ArtSplash in San Diego.
Considering the Sound of an Air Conditioner: John Cage and
Considering the Sound of an Air Conditioner: John Cage and "Zen Ox-Herding Pictures"
In honor of the centenary of John Cage's birth, the Pomona College Museum of Art presents the traveling exhibition "John Cage: Zen Ox-Herding Pictures".
Open Studios, Open Hearts: Central Coast Artists Bare All
Open Studios, Open Hearts: Central Coast Artists Bare All
This month's Open Studios Art Tour offers an inside look of the creative process of more than 200 artists throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Wisdom and Whimsy in the Ceramic Art of Julie Bagish
Wisdom and Whimsy in the Ceramic Art of Julie Bagish
Julie Bagish creates rustic tea bowls and other earth-toned vessels of Japanese inspiration that overflow with a sense of playfulness.
Unfaithful Copies: Liz Glynn's 'Ancient' Artifacts
Unfaithful Copies: Liz Glynn's 'Ancient' Artifacts
Liz Glynn is a Los Angeles artist using the lowliest of materials to make her own, handmade copies of precious ancient objects.
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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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