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.
Contemplating Home in the Paintings of Lan-Chiann Wu
Contemplating Home in the Paintings of Lan-Chiann Wu
Lan-Chiann Wu's paintings are a unique cross pollination of traditional Chinese ink painting and Western artistic styles and techniques.
Public Art, Private Stories: Michael Massenburg Collages Los Angeles
Public Art, Private Stories: Michael Massenburg Collages Los Angeles
As an L.A. artist, Michael Massenburg tries to piece together stories about people and place in a region where the narrative is often interrupted -- sections rearranged, re-thought, sometimes entirely elided.
Pop Surrealism Now: Greg CRAOLA Simkins on Street Art, Wild Kingdom, and Spraycans
Pop Surrealism Now: Greg CRAOLA Simkins on Street Art, Wild Kingdom, and Spraycans
L.A. artist CRAOLA is generally associated with Pop Surrealism and Street Art, but he finds both terms equally problematic -- being both too broad and too specific at once.
Uncovered Olympic Glories: Murals Restoration on the 101 Freeway
Uncovered Olympic Glories: Murals Restoration on the 101 Freeway
Willie Herrón III, the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles' official restorer, and his assistant Melody Betancourt, are working on one of the city's prized possessions: Frank Romero's "Going to the Olympics."
Common Fragility: Vincent Tomczyk's Paper Chairs
Common Fragility: Vincent Tomczyk's Paper Chairs
Crafted meticulously from paper and mixed media, Tomczyk's chair sculptures tease the mind.
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.
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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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