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 Un-Private Collection: John Currin and James Cuno
The Un-Private Collection: John Currin and James Cuno
James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, speaks with artist John Currin about how traditional portraiture influenced Currin's modern interpretation of the form.
Expedition Painter Danielle Eubank's Body of Water Works
Expedition Painter Danielle Eubank's Body of Water Works
Danielle Eubank's gets closer to her goal of painting all the world's oceans as she prepares to leave for a month-long voyage to the Arctic Circle north of Norway.
D*Face Comes to Los Angeles
D*Face Comes to Los Angeles
A new pop-up show will survey British street artist D*Face's quick assent from an unknown designer to an internationally recognized artist.
Stephanie Inagaki's Intimate Portraits
Stephanie Inagaki's Intimate Portraits
With charcoal, watercolor, and washi paper, Stephanie Inagaki's "Pillars" is a celebration of the feminine divine portrayed through portraits.
Clare Graham & MorYork: The Answer is Yes
Clare Graham & MorYork: The Answer is Yes
A new exhibition of Highland-based artist Clare Graham highlights his decades-long endeavor of collecting and artmaking from found materials.
Where Color Meets Spirit: The Paintings of Vera Arutyunyan
Where Color Meets Spirit: The Paintings of Vera Arutyunyan
As Armenian-born Vera Arutyunyan struggled to adapt to her new home in the Los Angeles, she turned to painting to express her innermost emotions.
Painter John Currin Comes to the West Coast
Painter John Currin Comes to the West Coast
John Currin's mixture of art historical techniques with sexual or perverse subject matter helps him create masterful but modern works.
Harrison McIntosh: A Life Well-shaped
Harrison McIntosh: A Life Well-shaped
To celebrate his 100th birthday, Harrison McIntosh -- who helped shape the postwar crafts movement in California -- looks back on how he began his career.
Intertwined Histories: Edgar Arceneaux Re-imagines Martin Luther King
Intertwined Histories: Edgar Arceneaux Re-imagines Martin Luther King
Edgar Arceneaux's new solo show revolves around the last major speech Martin Luther King, Jr. gave, April 4th, 1967, one year to the day before he was assassinated.
Handmade: California's Contemporary Craftmakers
Handmade: California's Contemporary Craftmakers
Contemporary craftmakers on the Central Coast infuse beauty into everyday objects, constantly expanding the definition of what is considered "craft."
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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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