State of the Art: Cal­i­for­nia

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Cal­i­for­nia un­de­ni­ably elic­its West­ern sen­ti­ments. As a fron­tier state, the cul­ture of ranch­ing, ex­plo­ration and the cow­boy life spreads rapidly through the land and its his­tory. Cal­i­for­ni­ans and vis­i­tors alike will find no short­age of gal­leries, events, artists and or­ga­ni­za­tions that con­jure these West­ern sen­si­bil­i­ties, from por­tray­als of our coun­try’s na­tional parks to de­pic­tions of bronco busters, wildlife and Na­tive Amer­i­can scenes.

Lo­cated in the mas­sive met­ro­pol­i­tan city of Los An­ge­les is Maxwell Alexan­der Gallery, which, in ad­di­tion to its col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary re­al­ism, spe­cial­izes in his­toric West­ern works and South­west land­scapes.

The Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West in LA’S Grif­fith Park fea­tures gal­leries filled with Na­tive Amer­i­can art and cul­tural ma­te­ri­als, film mem­o­ra­bilia, his­toric firearms, paint­ings, in­ter­ac­tive ar­eas and more. The mu­seum also hosts nu­mer­ous West­ern art events through­out the year, in­clud­ing the 23rd an­nual Masters of the Amer­i­can West Ex­hi­bi­tion &

Sale hap­pen­ing this year on Fe­bru­ary 7. Each fall, there’s also the Amer­i­can In­dian Arts Mar­ket­place, the largest Na­tive Amer­i­can art mar­ket in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, fea­tur­ing 200 artists from more than 40 na­tions.

Pasadena is home to Amer­i­can Legacy Fine Art, show­cas­ing con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional paint­ings and sculp­ture, in­clud­ing artists who of­ten paint in West­ern sub­ject mat­ter like Bill

An­ton, Tim Sol­l­i­day and Mian Situ.

Held in Paso Rob­les, a city known for its winer­ies and olive groves, the Cat­tle­men’s West­ern Art Show & Sale cel­e­brates 30 years this April. Artists whose work will be show­cased at the 2020 ex­hi­bi­tion in­clude Vicki Cat­a­pano, Sarah Phippen, Robert Ro­driquez, Bill Churchill, Glo­ria Chad­wick and more, along with the 2020 fea­tured artist, oil painter Va­leriy Kagounkin.

The state of Cal­i­for­nia is mas­sive, and there are seem­ingly end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties to dis­cover art along its shore and in­land. Other gal­leries and artists of­fer­ing up West­ern art in­clude Miles and Miles Trad­ing in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area as well as equine and land­scape painter Carol Peek.

Los An­ge­les Arts Dis­trict with mu­ral by Shepard Fairey. Cour­tesy Los An­ge­les Tourism & Con­ven­tion Board.

An ex­am­ple of some of the in­ter­na­tion­ally-fa­mous Coachella mu­ral art in the greater Palm Springs area.

A view of Old Town La Quinta in La Quinta, Cal­i­for­nia.

The Aline Barns­dall Hol­ly­hock House in Los An­ge­les, de­signed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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