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.
Unearthed: The Rediscovery of John Altoon
Unearthed: The Rediscovery of John Altoon
Every once in awhile, a previously forgotten artist will become relevant again. The abstract and figurative work of John Altoon will be surveyed in several galleries at LACMA.
Dave Pressler: Seven Minutes in Space
Dave Pressler: Seven Minutes in Space
L.A. artist Dave Pressler is poised to become the first professional artist in space.
Mr. Bonzai and Keiko Kasai: Thirty Years of Inspiration
Mr. Bonzai and Keiko Kasai: Thirty Years of Inspiration
The couple Mr. Bonzai and Keiko Kasai have been inspiring each other for thirty years. They both have an exhibit opening on June 15 at the Salomon Huerta Studio Gallery.
JPW3: The Alchemy of New School Pop Art
JPW3: The Alchemy of New School Pop Art
Patrick Walsh, a.k.a JPW3, challenges modes of convention through his interdisciplinary approach to art that toys with the edges of artistic and philosophical rebirth.
The Un-Private Collection: Takashi Murakami and Pico Iyer
The Un-Private Collection: Takashi Murakami and Pico Iyer
Writer and cultural philosopher Pico Iyer sits down with renowned artist Takashi Murakami to discuss his influences, navigating between East and West, and his new film "Jellyfish Eyes."
Dominique Moody: The Urban Nomad
Dominique Moody: The Urban Nomad
Dominique Moody's "The Urban NOMAD," a mobile house as living work of art, grew out of a life-long sense of rootlessness, conveying the through-line of the African diaspora.
V&B: Masterpieces Made Easy
V&B: Masterpieces Made Easy
Through the recurring use of ironic self-portrayal in their paintings, sculptures and installations, the artist duo V&B stir up a commentary on the (art) world.
Michael C. Hsiung: The Jolly Art of a Quirk Master
Michael C. Hsiung: The Jolly Art of a Quirk Master
Funky and adventurous, Michael C. Hsiung's work captures the appeal of storytelling through portraiture and seriality.
Inglewood: From 'City of Champions' to City of Artists
Inglewood: From 'City of Champions' to City of Artists
Inglewood has seen an influx of artists in the past few years, turning the former home of the Lakers into a booming arts scene.
Endangered Boundary: Stefan Falke's 'La Frontera' Project
Endangered Boundary: Stefan Falke's 'La Frontera' Project
Photographer Stefan Falke's "La Frontera" humanizes the Mexico/U.S. border through his portraitures of artists working in border cities.
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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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