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.
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."
Eye on the Street: The Visual Language of Daniel Gibson
Eye on the Street: The Visual Language of Daniel Gibson
L.A.-based artist's Daniel Gibson's artwork continues to be influenced by his upbringing in the remote deserts of Imperial Valley.
Alice Bag's Portraits of the Los Angeles Punk Scene
Alice Bag's Portraits of the Los Angeles Punk Scene
With her portraits of members of L.A.'s early punk rock scene, Alice Bag brings to light parts of L.A. punk history that have long been ignored.
Everyday Phenomena: Yukako Ando's Los Angeles Episode
Everyday Phenomena: Yukako Ando's Los Angeles Episode
Los Angeles has been fertile territory for Japanese visual artist Yukako Ando's explorations of everyday phenomena.
Tsai Shih Hung: Exercises in the Digital World
Tsai Shih Hung: Exercises in the Digital World
Taiwanese artist Tsai Shih Hung uses his artistic canvas as a way to show the world his observations about the ironies of technology.
Valley Vista: The Artists of the San Fernando Valley
Valley Vista: The Artists of the San Fernando Valley
A new retrospective exhibition highlights the art history of the San Fernando Valley from 1970-1990.
From Groo to MAD Magazine: The Cartoons of Sergio Aragones
From Groo to MAD Magazine: The Cartoons of Sergio Aragones
Sergio Aragones is one of the icons of cartoon art. A contributor to MAD Magazine since the 1960s, Aragones continues to attend comic book conventions around the county.
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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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