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.
Cleared for Take Off: Public Art at LAX
Cleared for Take Off: Public Art at LAX
A contemporary arts festival at LAX explores the visual dynamics of air travel.
Hot Stuff: L.A.'s Cross-Cultural Condiments
Hot Stuff: L.A.'s Cross-Cultural Condiments
"L.A. Heat" brings together 30 L.A.-based artists to explore the city's culinary and artsitic innovation with artworks inspired by red hot condiments.
Drawing Big: Sumi Ink Club
Drawing Big: Sumi Ink Club
The Sumi Ink Club invites the world to join in and draw together to produce a publicly owned large-scale piece of art as the finished product.
Morrie Markoff: Emerging Art of a Centenarian
Morrie Markoff: Emerging Art of a Centenarian
At age 100, Morrie Markoff has his first gallery exhibition at the Red Pipe Gallery in L.A.'s Chinatown.
Cardboard Crafting: Ana Serrano's Paper Worlds
Cardboard Crafting: Ana Serrano's Paper Worlds
Artist Ana Serrano constructs cardboard-made sculptures inspired by Latino pop culture, and the beauty found in the day-to-day built environment of L.A.
Covet: The Elias Fontes Art Collection
Covet: The Elias Fontes Art Collection
Alonso Elias has collected emblematic work from seminal artists of the Tijuana movement.
Teebs: Ethereal Beats and Visual Remixes
Teebs: Ethereal Beats and Visual Remixes
Mtendere Mandowa, better known as Teebs, is straddling the world of art and music.
Made in L.A. 2014 Curator Michael Ned Holte on SoCal Cultural Microclimates
Made in L.A. 2014 Curator Michael Ned Holte on SoCal Cultural Microclimates
Michael Ned Holte wants to expose the city's microclimates -- art that responds to a very local context, but somehow fits together to form some kind of idea of what Los Angeles is.
Papillion: A New Contemporary Gallery in Leimert Park
Papillion: A New Contemporary Gallery in Leimert Park
The opening of the Papillion gallery marks the return of a contemporary art space to Leimert Park, long a center of African-American culture in Los Angeles.
Sharon Zorn-Katz's Little Prints from Perris
Sharon Zorn-Katz's Little Prints from Perris
Sharon Zorn-Katz's prints at the Riverside Art Museum capture her family's stories through her art.
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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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