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.
 Postcards from Tijuana: La Mona, A Concrete Tijuanense Queen
Postcards from Tijuana: La Mona, A Concrete Tijuanense Queen
Armando Muñoz Garcia's 18-ton, naked-as-the-day-you-were-born sculpture rises a triumphant five stories from a ravine in Tijuana. "La Mona" is the architectural incarnate of the ingenuity and absurdity that defines this most surreal of cities.
Pay to Play? Orange County's Vanity Art Spaces
Pay to Play? Orange County's Vanity Art Spaces
With the economic decline, and the folding of many exhibition spaces, more galleries are starting to switch to the "pay to play" model. If you pay for space on a wall, isn't that just like advertising? Who really benefits from this practice?
Breaking Bad with Jesse Wiedel
Breaking Bad with Jesse Wiedel
Step into the world of Jesse Wiedel and experience a wonderfully weird assortment of trailer trash, methamphetamine addicts, lot lizards, country music hacks, red necks, outlaw bikers, Vikings and more.
Exposed to the Elements: the Evolution of Plein Air Painting on the Central California Coast
Exposed to the Elements: the Evolution of Plein Air Painting on the Central California Coast
What makes California's Central Coast an irresistible destination for artists?
Phantom Galleries Haunt Orange County
Phantom Galleries Haunt Orange County
Walking around downtown Santa Ana, it can feel like stumbling across the border into some bustling, anonymous Mexican city. But the art in this area is a reminder of stateside California, and the creative passion hidden herein.
Art in the San Gabriel Valley: Where is It?
Art in the San Gabriel Valley: Where is It?
The San Gabriel Valley is home to large immigrant communities, and features every flavor and style of Asian cuisine you could possibly wish for. But when it comes to art, that's a tall order.
A Moon-Age Daydream: The Collision of Arts and the Aerospace Industry
A Moon-Age Daydream: The Collision of Arts and the Aerospace Industry
Two things Southern California has in abundance: sunshine and plastic. Chief among the artistic prime movers that pushed L.A. onto the international art-world stage was the Light & Space movement, the ultimate byproduct of Southern California's sunkissed and spaceward-thinking intellectual environment.
The Allure and Abhorrence of San Diego's Master-Planned Communities
The Allure and Abhorrence of San Diego's Master-Planned Communities
Amanda Dahlgren set out to photograph a few of the most ostentatious homes that had fallen victim to the rapidly bursting housing bubble. Through her work, Dahlgren explores the morphing American Dream and asks whether huge McMansion-style homes are necessary.
From Beefcake to Skatecake: Masculinity in the Swimming Pool
From Beefcake to Skatecake: Masculinity in the Swimming Pool
From beefcakes in bikini bottoms to skater bros flipping tricks in empty pools, masculinity is revealed in 20th century photographs.
Tijuana's Anti-Revolucion
Tijuana's Anti-Revolucion
Instead of a heart, Tijuana has the Avenida Revolucion, an adult playground for tourists. A group of artists and cultural activists are now reimagining the role of the infamous street.
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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.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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