Archive: Art in California
Pioneer in color photography crisscrosses America with a camera

Pioneer in color photography crisscrosses America with a camera

Joel Sternfeld - American Prospects, Wet n’ Wild Aquatic Theme Park, Orlando, Florida, September 1980
American Prospects, Wet n’ Wild Aquatic Theme Park, Orlando, Florida, September 1980

In 1980, President Reagan was elected president and Joel Sternfeld had embarked on a road trip across America that would allow him to capture life in America as it was in the 1980s. Having been awarded the Guggenheim grant two years earlier in 1978, Joel’s American Prospects was later to become one of the most revolutionary color photographs of the time, when professional photographers only used the black and white format for official or serious pictures. His photographs from the American Prospects series helped to usher in a new breed of modern photographers, which is why Sternfeld has always been characterized as one of the most influential photographer of his generation.

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The dark secrets behind US power production

The dark secrets behind US power production

Mitch Epstein - Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia 2004

Mitch Epstein - Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia 2004
Mitch EpsteinAmos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia, 2004

Photographer Mitch Epstein has taken part of his time to bring light into the social and moral fabric of the United States. One of the works that has earned him a lot of praise is his American Power project.

In American Power Mitch travels through America to bring images of how America is being powered. He was inspired by the evacuation of an environmentally contaminated town in Ohio between 2003 and 2008 which messed up lives of the former inhabitants of the city.

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Termites are behind these surprising house wraps

Termites are behind these surprising house wraps

Randi Malkin Steinberger - No Circus, Pier Av_

Randi Malkin Steinberger - No Circus, Pier Av_
Randi Malkin SteinbergerNo Circus, Pier Av_

A growing number of houses in many neighborhoods in Los Angeles are experiencing a termite problem. Fumigators shroud these houses with vinyl tarps that are brightly colored. These shrouded houses had caught the eyes of Randi Malkin Steinberger who started seeing these houses in Southern California when he settled there in the early 1990s.

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The border wall as you’ve never seen (and heard) it

The border wall as you’ve never seen (and heard) it

Richard Misrach - Wall, Near Los Indios, Texas, 2015
Richard MisrachWall, Near Los Indios, Texas, 2015

When a writer or a composer creates a piece to tell a story, the imagination of the audience runs wild; people start envisioning the heroines and the villains and how they affect their attitudes and perceptions. The same applies to audiences when they view a piece of art or photograph for the first time; they create mental images and form opinions on what a piece means.

When artists combine two art forms, music and art, to create a piece, the result is nothing short of masterful. Photographer Richard Misrach and sculptor Guillermo Galindo, a joined forces to come up with Border Cantos, an art project accompanied by its own special sound and music.

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Artist shot in the name of art in legendary performance (video)

Artist shot in the name of art in legendary performance (video)

Chris Burden - Shoot
Chris BurdenShoot, 1971

American sculptor and performance artist, Chris Burden, who was known for his works in the extreme, passed away May 10, 2015. Many of his works were best described as “shocking”, and the radical nature of his work is what set him apart from other twentieth century American artists. His performance pieces were often depictions of violence in which he was always his own victim: he was crucified to a Volkswagen Beetle, had viewers push pins into his body, was kicked down two flights of stairs, and in the case of the piece being discussed, “Shoot” (1971), he was shot.

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Dog pees on prestigious Californian art collection

Dog pees on prestigious Californian art collection

Richard Jackson - Bad Dog, 2013 - Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) - 1
Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

As part of his retrospective at the Orange County Museum of Art, Richard Jackson has installed Bad Dog, a giant temporary sculpture of a black labrador “urinating” yellow paint onto the side of the museum. It was an immediate hit. Crowds flocked to see it, and it quickly gained notoriety among both the local community and the art world. Accessible, vibrant, and playful, the work has widely achieved Jackson’s main intention: to make the viewer laugh.

The piece calls into question the role of humor in art, and can be seen as a self-reflexive commentary on the state of elitism and exclusivity in the art museum world.

“Bad Dog” lasted the duration of Jackson’s exhibition “Ain’t Painting a Pain”, before it toured Europe.

About Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson (born 1939) has been a pre-eminent figure on the American art scene since the 70s and is influenced by both by abstract expressionism and action painting.

Richard Jackson - Bad Dog, 2013 - Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) - 2
Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

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Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

Richard Jackson - Bad Dog, 2013 - Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)
Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

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