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.
From FX to Fine Art: The Evolution of Special Effects Artists in the Digital Age
From FX to Fine Art: The Evolution of Special Effects Artists in the Digital Age
Traditional visual effects specialists have shifted their creative focus from movies into other realms as pre-digital make-up and costuming decline.
Who Makes Art About Climate Change?
Who Makes Art About Climate Change?
A collection of Southern California artists are addressing climate change through art.
Assembly Required: The Transformative Art of Noah Purifoy
Assembly Required: The Transformative Art of Noah Purifoy
Noah Purifoy spent the final years of his life in Joshua Tree creating the monumental "Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture" made from tons of discarded materials.
Domestic Affairs: The Poetically Political Art of Nery Gabriel Lemus
Domestic Affairs: The Poetically Political Art of Nery Gabriel Lemus
Artist Nery Gabriel Lemus gracefully exposes the subtle racial tensions between Latino and African American cultures in his work.
The Social Art of Jorg Dubin
The Social Art of Jorg Dubin
Laguna Beach artist Jorg Dubin has spent 35 years as a professional artist, designer and art director, but questions about human psychology still keep him up at night.
Documenting Exodus: Hit Man Gurung and Nepal's Departing Youth
Documenting Exodus: Hit Man Gurung and Nepal's Departing Youth
Nepalese artist Hit Man Gurung's residency at 18th Street Arts Center offers a unique perspective on the devastating effects of war and globalization on this Himalayan nation.
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.
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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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