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.
The Untold Stories of Californian Impressionism
The Untold Stories of Californian Impressionism
A new exhibition at The Irvine Museum displays the chaotic history of California through impressionistic works by some of the great painters of the late 1800s.
Alma Allen's Subtractive Practice
Alma Allen's Subtractive Practice
The first major solo exhibition for Alma Allen features the self-taught sculptor's large-scale biomorphic sculptures, which were recently featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Earth Gowns: Nature and Narrative in the Fiber Arts
Earth Gowns: Nature and Narrative in the Fiber Arts
A new exhibition in San Luis Obispo examines humankind's relationship with the environment through the medium of handcrafted clothing.
The Folk Art of SoCal Sign Painting
The Folk Art of SoCal Sign Painting
A small handful of niche trade programs, companies, and artists in Southern California have recently been driving a revival of the sign painting art form.
2014 Flashback: Borderland Art
2014 Flashback: Borderland Art
We look back at Artbound's stories about borderland art from 2014.
2014 Flashback: Street Art
2014 Flashback: Street Art
We look back at Artbound's street art stories from 2014.
Louise Sandhaus and California Graphic Design
Louise Sandhaus and California Graphic Design
A new book explores the movements and industries that influenced California graphic design innovation from 1936-1986.
Ingenious, Imaginative World: Dr. Seuss' San Diego Life
Ingenious, Imaginative World: Dr. Seuss' San Diego Life
A new exhibition highlights the largely unseen artwork of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, much of which was inspired by his San Diego surroundings.
Tristan Eaton's Playground
Tristan Eaton's Playground
Tristan Eaton's large-scale playful murals are often call backs to his early interest in toy culture.
The Unforgotten Wall of Coachella
The Unforgotten Wall of Coachella
The Shady Lane mural in Coachella is a defiant statement from local artists that they are also a source for the region's creative reputation.
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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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