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 Otherworldly Works of Yevgeniya Mikhailik
The Otherworldly Works of Yevgeniya Mikhailik
The whimsical artwork of Russian-American Yevgeniya Mikhailik reflects the artist's fantastical imagination.
Lena Rushing: Pop Surrealism Gets Personal
Lena Rushing: Pop Surrealism Gets Personal
In Lena Rushing's special brand of surrealism, fearless female protagonists move through a world of external pressures and inner struggles.
The Surreal City of Dabs Myla
The Surreal City of Dabs Myla
Recently commissioned to designing the look for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, L.A.-based artist duo Dabs Myla are busy creating installations and murals around the world.
El Mac: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
El Mac: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Muralist Miles "Mac" MacGregor focuses on subjects that celebrate and reflect the cultural history of the southwest.
Lili Bernard: Fighting Trauma With Art
Lili Bernard: Fighting Trauma With Art
Lili Bernard's art explores traumas experienced by women, from the struggle to attain an ideal of beauty to the pain of sexual assault.
Slang Aesthetics: Robert Williams and the Nexus of Pop Surrealism
Slang Aesthetics: Robert Williams and the Nexus of Pop Surrealism
Robert Williams, founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, is widely regarded as the godfather of the low brow and pop surrealist art movements.
The Visible Light Paintings of Fawn Rogers
The Visible Light Paintings of Fawn Rogers
Artist Fawn Rogers' "Visible Light" series aims to bring awareness to the disenfranchisement of the elderly population in the U.S.
Bari Kumar: Remembering the Sacred
Bari Kumar: Remembering the Sacred
"Remembering the Future" features artist Bari Kumar's work alongside a selection of objects from LACMA's South and Southeast Asian Art collection.
Invasive Species: Jenny Yurshansky Plants Her Stake
Invasive Species: Jenny Yurshansky Plants Her Stake
In her new exhibition, Jenny Yurshanksy examines the concept of "native" versus "invasive" plant species, considering connections to multiculturalism and border cultures.
Ryan McCann: Courage is Fire
Ryan McCann: Courage is Fire
Former football quarterback Ryan McCann makes his art with a blowtorch and takes critical aim at the trappings of the contemporary art world.
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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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