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.
A Homecoming for Kenny Scharf
A Homecoming for Kenny Scharf
The bubblegum aesthetic of Kenny Scharf has surfaced on the street art of Los Angeles, the hometown of the artist that is largely associated with New York.
The Imperfect Perfection of Fatemeh Burnes
The Imperfect Perfection of Fatemeh Burnes
Iranian-American artist Fatemeh Burnes creates abstract artworks that mingle in a realm of existential self reflection.
Poetry in Action: Julie B. Montgomery's Zen Paintings
Poetry in Action: Julie B. Montgomery's Zen Paintings
Carpinteria-based artist Julie Montgomery's landscape paintings retain the compositional integrity one ordinarily associates with pure abstraction.
High Desert Hideaway: Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
High Desert Hideaway: Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
A sea of nearly 200 welded metal trees, Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch confronts the excess of consumer waste through a folk art.
The Art of the Motorcycle
The Art of the Motorcycle
Robert Williams, foremost authority on custom car and motorcycle culture in SoCal, facilitates a new exhibit at Glendale's Forest Lawn Museum.
Stitching a Story: The Narrative Quilt Art of Denise Sheridan
Stitching a Story: The Narrative Quilt Art of Denise Sheridan
Quilt artist Denise Sheridan's hand-sewn, hand-quilted works of art are part personal narrative, part sociopolitical statement.
Scratching the Surface: Street Art Stars on Museum Walls
Scratching the Surface: Street Art Stars on Museum Walls
ESMoA, a free "art laboratory" in El Segundo, in connection with the Getty Research Institute, is in the midst of "Scratch," a juxtaposition of street art and rare books.
Olga Lah's Theological Installations
Olga Lah's Theological Installations
Korean-American Olga Lah's installation works are excavations of the ideas of grace and transcendence that are informed by her religious perspective.
Alleyway Appeal: Miha Štrukelj's Explorations of West L.A.
Alleyway Appeal: Miha Štrukelj's Explorations of West L.A.
Slovenian artist Miha Štrukelj is interested in the linear elements of urban landscapes and the geometric building blocks of architectural forms.
The Un-Private Collection: Steve Martin and Eric Fischl
The Un-Private Collection: Steve Martin and Eric Fischl
Artist Eric Fischl and comedian Steve Martin discussed Fischl's early career in Southern California on the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
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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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