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 Creative Cosmos of June Wayne
The Creative Cosmos of June Wayne
A new exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art features the wide-ranging work of June Wayne, an artist strongly influenced by the cross-disciplinary thinkers of L.A.
Nathaniel Osollo and Collaboration X
Nathaniel Osollo and Collaboration X
Nathaniel Osollo's "ART Friends," statues that speak through cell phones, encourage the public to engage with his artwork in new technological ways.
On the Scene: California Landscape Paintings
On the Scene: California Landscape Paintings
California Scene Paintings from the 1920s-1970s are oil and watercolor paintings inspired by scenes of everyday life in California. Today these works are being rediscovered.
Neomuralism at the Border
Neomuralism at the Border
Artbound caught up with four of the border neomuralism scene's most prolific urban artists to talk about beginnings, influences, and work methodology.
A Brief Encounter with Mike Kelley
A Brief Encounter with Mike Kelley
Maxwell Williams reflects on the last days of Mike Kelley and the artist's exhibition at MOCA.
Serigrafia: Constructing the Chicana/o Imaginary
Serigrafia: Constructing the Chicana/o Imaginary
The printwork on view in the traveling exhibition "Serigrafía" demonstrates the fluidity of Chicana/o identity since the initial Chicano manifesto of 1969.
The Knife of the Artist: Painter Chris Baker and the Art of Imitation
The Knife of the Artist: Painter Chris Baker and the Art of Imitation
Chris Baker transcribes large versions of classic paintings, employing a palette knife on a painting's wet surface to "activate" the image.
The Video Sculptures of Peter Sarkisian
The Video Sculptures of Peter Sarkisian
The exhibition "Sarkisian & Sarkisian" features multimedia sculptures that tie together the work of Peter Sarkisian with that of his father, painter Paul Sarkisian.
Cleon Peterson at the End of the World
Cleon Peterson at the End of the World
Cleon Peterson's shadowy figures mete out violence in images that could just as well depict justice as they do barbarity.
Mirror Mirror Project: Creating Connections Between Artists and Homeless Youth
Mirror Mirror Project: Creating Connections Between Artists and Homeless Youth
The Mirror Mirror Project engages both professional artists and homeless youth to create art and relationships.
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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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