Art & Cultural Journalist

Liz Goldner writes about a broad range of subjects in her articles, profiles and reviews, while elucidating art styles, including figurative, conceptual, Light and Space and Chicano art. Her articles cover socially conscious art, environmental art, the merging of art with science, California Scene Painting and California Impressionism, among other art related topics. She addresses the synergy between artists, artwork and the creative process, and the connections of art styles and movements to current trends.

Since 2000, she has published thousands of art reviews, critiques, profiles and articles in newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and in her previous online blog, Contemporary Art Dialogue. She has won two dozen arts journalism awards, including seven First Place. She was nominated for a National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award from the Los Angeles Press Club.

She has co-written five books, and was Project Manager/Contributor of the book, Laguna Canyon Project: Refining Artivism (2018).

Living in Southern California, she has written for: Art and Cake, Art Ltd. magazine, ArtScene magazine, Artillery magazine, artsNantucket, Blue Door Magazine, Coast, Fabrik magazine, HuffPost, Irvine Weekly, KCET Artbound, LA Weekly, Laguna Beach Art Patron magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Los Angeles Times, OC Art Blog, OC Metro, OC Weekly, OC Register Magazine, Orange Coast, Orange County Register, Premiere OC, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Union-Tribune, The Democracy Chain, Visual Art Source, Women in the Arts, California Art Club and others.

Liz Goldner is in Voyage LA, is an International Association of Art Critics member, and is an SGI-USA Buddhism member.

The Happening Encampment (1970) from Laguna Beach in the Sixties article (link above)

Liz Goldner Selected Articles Since 2000

  • Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora
  • Anti-War Student Protests Then and Now
  • Judithe Hernández, “Beyond Myself, Somewhere, I Wait for My Arrival”
  • Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form
  • The Greatest Collection of California Art That Nobody Has Seen
  • A Tour Through the Newly Expanded Hilbert Museum of California Art
  • Chicano Theater, emerging from the Farmworkers Union strikes of the 1960s.
  • Guernica’s Continuing Influence on art and a larger world awareness.
  • Ricardo Duffy: Art as Political and Social Commentary at Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center
  • Breaking the Rules displays homoerotic paintings with coded imagery
  • The Depression-Era FSA Photo Project: An Agent for Public Awareness and Social Change
  • Art for the People: Conveying the Profundity of Government Support for the Arts
  • Joseph Kleitsch: Abroad and at Home in Old Laguna
  • Marking An Era: Celebrating Self Help Graphics & Art At 50 At Laguna Art Museum
  • Malka Germania: Yael Bartana’s Jungian Journey Into the Past and Present
  • What Art Would a Tucker Carlson Like?
  • De la Torre Brothers Exhibition at Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art
  • Retracing the 60-Year History of OCMA
  • Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s
  • Alice Neel retrospective casts fresh light on her relationships and philosophy
  • Sanford Biggers exhibition of 50 painted and embellished quilts
  • Mark Chamberlain, The Irrepressible Artist
  • The Abiding Value of Art Writing
  • Diego Rivera’s America at SFMOMA
  • Alexis Smith represents the power and potential of self realization
  • Moments of Universal Beauty in Shared Light Exhibition

    Manzanita Anthers (2015) from Jessica Rath: A Better Nectar review

  • The Resonant Surface Explores Musicality in Visual Art
  • Matthew Rolston: Art People, The Pageant Portraits
  • UCI’s Treasure Trove of California Art
  • Laguna Beach in the Sixties
  • The Roots of Radical Art at UCI
  • Healing Through Art: PTSD Survival Stories
  • Bradford Salamon’s Evolving Vision
  • Judy Baca at MOLAA
  • Tristan Eaton: All At Once at Long Beach Museum
  • Irvine and the Larger SoCal as Seen Through a Transcendent Lens
  • Looking Back at the UCI Art Department in its Founding Years
  • Marie Thibeault: Views of the Harbor
  • Chicana Writing Avatar Sarah Rafael García
  • Orange County Great Park: A Grand Vision Gone Awry
  • Corn Man: A Mexican-Inspired Animistic Sculpture
  • Santa Ana’s Artists Village: The Pros and Cons of Gentrification
  • Back to Iraq, review Fallujah,Long Beach Opera Co.
  • Armory Show Legacy Benefits Museum of Modern Art
  • Lita Albuquerque performance and installation, Laguna Art Museum
  • LA Raw, Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • The Tell (1989): Check out excerpts from the book Laguna Canyon Project: Refining Artivism

    Photo credits: Main Beach Laguna by Tom Lamb; The Happening Encampment, Manzanita Anthers and The Tell by Mark Chamberlain (Mark Chamberlain Tribute Video)

    Image at Top of Page: Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Untitled [Vase of Flowers], 1924-25, collection OCMA. See Circles of Influence for more information.

    Contemporary Art Dialogue: Page 2