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.
Brickbats and Fat Cats: the Animated Watercolors of Moira Hahn
Brickbats and Fat Cats: the Animated Watercolors of Moira Hahn
In the second installment of the "Japanese Accents" series, Meher McArthur examines the the cross-cultural fantasy artwork of Moira Hahn.
A Conversation on Chicano Art: Artist Jose Lozano and Collector Armando Duron
A Conversation on Chicano Art: Artist Jose Lozano and Collector Armando Duron
Jose Lozano and Armando Duron discuss Chicano art, artists who identify with the Chicano label, and the gallery exhibit "Open Your Eyes/Abre Los Ojos" at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.
Surfing Artists Go with the Flow
Surfing Artists Go with the Flow
Meet four Central Coast artists who draw their inspiration from the ocean.
Gerald Clarke Jr.: The Contemporary Indian Experience Through Art
Gerald Clarke Jr.: The Contemporary Indian Experience Through Art
Gerald Clarke Jr. refuses to be defined like an artifact on a museum shelf by his Indian heritage. He seeks to let the past inform the present, but not restrict it.
Mario Ybarra, Jr. The Tío Collection
Mario Ybarra, Jr. The Tío Collection
Mario Ybarra, Jr. exhibits his work The Tío Collection riffing on childhood memories rather than high-culture aesthetics, and filling the gallery space with artifacts that Ybarra discovered in the homes of his uncles.
Two Urban Subcultures Meet in the Art of Gajin Fujita
Two Urban Subcultures Meet in the Art of Gajin Fujita
Gajin Fujita is a Japanese American artist who has gained international acclaim for his dramatic paintings that blend the graffiti and hip-hop style that he grew up with in East L.A. and Japanese artistic traditions that form part of his family's cultural legacy.
Deconstructed Mixtapes and Narrative Tapestries: Visual Chronicles in Laguna Beach
Deconstructed Mixtapes and Narrative Tapestries: Visual Chronicles in Laguna Beach
Salt Fine Art's new exhibition, Visual Chronicles, focuses on the creative expression of images, objects, and experiences without words.
Being Botso: Meet the Man Who Brought Music to Morro Bay
Being Botso: Meet the Man Who Brought Music to Morro Bay
Georgian-born music educator Wachtang "Botso" Korisheli has shaped the lives of scores of American schoolchildren.
Moments of Beauty, Stolen: Dirty Lights Photography
Moments of Beauty, Stolen: Dirty Lights Photography
An image doesn't always tell the whole story. To find out what really happens in front of -- and behind -- the lens, Artbound asked a few of the Dirty Lights Exhibit photographers to select one of their photos from the exhibit, and give us a story to go with it.
Gifts from Apollo: The Bronze Work of Max DeMoss
Gifts from Apollo: The Bronze Work of Max DeMoss
Like his Greek forebears, Max DeMoss Jr., now himself 65 years old, is an artist who specializes in forging bronze into classic works of art. Some of them small and intricate, some huge and monolithic. 
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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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