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.
Chasing 'The Yellow Line:' Simon Rouby's Highway Art
Chasing 'The Yellow Line:' Simon Rouby's Highway Art
For his new project "YELLOW LINE," French filmmaker Simon Rouby tagged along with hulking freeway striping machines, placing canvases underneath these snail-paced trucks, creating art from the yellow paint meant for the road.
The Re-imagined Histories of Iosif Kiraly
The Re-imagined Histories of Iosif Kiraly
Find out more about Romanian artist Iosif Kiraly who's residency at 18th Street Arts Center took place earlier this year.
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Cristian "SMEAR" Gheorghiu: My SoCal Art History
To trace the trajectory of Southern California art, Artbound is creating a collective timeline comprised of the decisive events that shaped artists' creative development. Today, we talk to Los Angeles artist Cristian "SMEAR" Gheorghiu.
Reconsidering Fourth of July Fireworks and Independence Day in Light of Cai Guo-Qiang's 'Sky Ladder'
Reconsidering Fourth of July Fireworks and Independence Day in Light of Cai Guo-Qiang's 'Sky Ladder'
New York-based artist Cai Guo-Qiang is known for creating public spectacles with fireworks and using them to create more traditional drawings with a very non-traditional technique based on pyrotechnics.
Tim Portlock's Chronicles of De-Industrialization
Tim Portlock's Chronicles of De-Industrialization
Tim Portlock uses a range of digital media platforms to investigate the social and economic impact of America's rapid de-industrialization.
Broken Mirrors: Robert Freeman's Jagged Interiors
Broken Mirrors: Robert Freeman's Jagged Interiors
Robert Freeman's art is a broken mirror reflecting both his idiosyncratic vision of the universe and his jagged interiors. In the Indian art world, he's big time.
Sea No Evil: Gary Baseman, Shepard Fairey, and More at Sea Shepherd Benefit
Sea No Evil: Gary Baseman, Shepard Fairey, and More at Sea Shepherd Benefit
Now in its sixth year,"Sea No Evil", showcasing internationally renowned artists including Gary Baseman and Shepard Fairey, returns to Riverside to benefit the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Portrait Photography in the Age of Instagram
Portrait Photography in the Age of Instagram
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Karen Sinsheimer curates a big summer show called "Portrayal/Betrayal" comprised of portraits by photographers operating at the top of their games.
Muralist Eloy Torrez and His Hot Paint Time Machine
Muralist Eloy Torrez and His Hot Paint Time Machine
The work of painter Eloy Torrez, one of the best known of L.A.'s old-school muralists, will be featured in a new exhibition downtown called "Flashback to Now".
Art With An Agenda: An Exhibit Inspired by Kelly Thomas
Art With An Agenda: An Exhibit Inspired by Kelly Thomas
Can art heal a community? More than 50 Orange County artist displayed works inspired by the life and circumstances surrounding the death of Kelly Thomas.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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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.

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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.

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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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