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L.A.'s latest art fair? It’s in Malibu

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While L.A.'s high-end galleries make plans for the next season’s big international art fairs, seven edgier enterprises are heading for the beach.

Chinatown’s Chung King Project, China Art Objects, Parker Jones, Sister and the Company have joined Hollywood’s Circus Gallery and Eighth Veil to launch the Malibu Annual Contemporary Art Fair, Aug. 28 through Aug. 30.

‘Now’s the time to be creative,’ says John Knuth of Circus Gallery, who organized the event. ‘In the current state of the economy, young galleries need to be entrepreneurial. Going to Malibu is all about getting out of L.A. in the slowest time of the year and going to the summertime jam. We are very serious about this, but it’s going to be fun.’

Knuth and his fellow gallery directors will set up shop at the Malibu Country Mart in a 4,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by a high school for wayward students. Each participating gallery will transform a classroom with installations and individual works by artists it represents.

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About 40 artists are expected to show paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and videos. A program of performances and video screenings is still in the works, but hours of operation are set. A preview party, 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 28, will kick off the weekend event. The fair will be open noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 29 and noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 30.

-- Suzanne Muchnic


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