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.
Ghosts of Taiwan: C. Hite Grapples With Her Past
Ghosts of Taiwan: C. Hite Grapples With Her Past
C. Hite's new multi-disciplinary exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is largely informed by her childhood spent in the war-torn island nation of Taiwain.
Jason Yates's Colorful Examinations
Jason Yates's Colorful Examinations
Artist Jason Yates's "did i stutter did i ever" presents a group of mixed media that bounces the viewer back and forth between childhood and adulthood.
The Optimistic Edge: The Reduction Linocuts of Dave Lefner
The Optimistic Edge: The Reduction Linocuts of Dave Lefner
Dave Lefner's linocuts are iconic representations of the great energy and optimism associated with the nation's golden age of traveling and exploration.
Kevin Stewart-Magee's Ubiquitous California Murals
Kevin Stewart-Magee's Ubiquitous California Murals
Since the early 90s, Orange County artist Kevin Stewart-Magee has created over 100 corporately, publicly and privately-sponsored murals in six states.
The Chicana/o Printmakers of 'Estampas de la Raza'
The Chicana/o Printmakers of 'Estampas de la Raza'
Prints from the late Richard Duardo, Lalo Alcaraz, Jaime GERMS Zacarias, and more Chicano artists will be on display at the Vincent Price Museum in East L.A.
The Untold Stories of Californian Impressionism
The Untold Stories of Californian Impressionism
A new exhibition at The Irvine Museum displays the chaotic history of California through impressionistic works by some of the great painters of the late 1800s.
Alma Allen's Subtractive Practice
Alma Allen's Subtractive Practice
The first major solo exhibition for Alma Allen features the self-taught sculptor's large-scale biomorphic sculptures, which were recently featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Earth Gowns: Nature and Narrative in the Fiber Arts
Earth Gowns: Nature and Narrative in the Fiber Arts
A new exhibition in San Luis Obispo examines humankind's relationship with the environment through the medium of handcrafted clothing.
The Folk Art of SoCal Sign Painting
The Folk Art of SoCal Sign Painting
A small handful of niche trade programs, companies, and artists in Southern California have recently been driving a revival of the sign painting art form.
2014 Flashback: Borderland Art
2014 Flashback: Borderland Art
We look back at Artbound's stories about borderland art from 2014.
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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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