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.
Made in L.A. 2014 Curator Michael Ned Holte on SoCal Cultural Microclimates
Made in L.A. 2014 Curator Michael Ned Holte on SoCal Cultural Microclimates
Michael Ned Holte wants to expose the city's microclimates -- art that responds to a very local context, but somehow fits together to form some kind of idea of what Los Angeles is.
Papillion: A New Contemporary Gallery in Leimert Park
Papillion: A New Contemporary Gallery in Leimert Park
The opening of the Papillion gallery marks the return of a contemporary art space to Leimert Park, long a center of African-American culture in Los Angeles.
Sharon Zorn-Katz's Little Prints from Perris
Sharon Zorn-Katz's Little Prints from Perris
Sharon Zorn-Katz's prints at the Riverside Art Museum capture her family's stories through her art.
Leonard Knight and Salvation Mountain
Leonard Knight and Salvation Mountain
People made pilgrimages from all other the globe to view Salvation Mountain, and more importantly, visit with its creator, Leonard Knight, who died this month at 82.
Miri Chais: Where Internet Life and IRL Meet
Miri Chais: Where Internet Life and IRL Meet
Miri Chais Chais' work, a rapid fire evolution of images and symbols, is based in the intersection between the physical world and the digital one.
The Infectious Ephemera of Germs
The Infectious Ephemera of Germs
Visual artist, Jaime "Germs" Zacarias takes inspiration from religious iconography, lucha libre, and the city of Los Angeles to create his signature tentacle-filled works.
Expressions of Energy in the Paintings of Xi Hou
Expressions of Energy in the Paintings of Xi Hou
Monterey Park-based artist Xi Hou's latest paintings focus on philosophical explorations of energy and change, tranquility, and dynamism.
Victor Castillo in Black and White
Victor Castillo in Black and White
Victor Castillo is a perfect fit for L.A.'s thriving pop surrealism art scene. His pieces are, at times, as whimsical as they are disturbing.
Samira Yamin and the Craft of Consciousness
Samira Yamin and the Craft of Consciousness
Iranian-American artist Samira Yamin's work hints of feelings of separation and isolation inspired by her experience as a child of the Iranian diaspora .
Drawing Tension with Graphite: Nancy Baker Cahill
Drawing Tension with Graphite: Nancy Baker Cahill
In her "Virgil" series at Vibiana, Nancy Baker Cahill's shades of graphite gray swirl like a tempest on large, bold canvasses.
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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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