Los Angeles

“Malibu Sex Party”

Purple

Although it has that kind of jeu d’esprit, “Malibu Sex Party” was no mindless frolic on the beach. Featuring thirty younger Los Angeles artists casually brought together by artist John Geary, the show escaped cliquishness by inclusivity and had no overarching principle other than exuberance. Everyone is by now aware of the hype about the LA art scene (articles have appeared in almost every magazine of note, from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar to Spin and Forbes),but there is no discernible “LA School,” thank God, and what keeps things exciting is the variety of the work being produced despite the academic training and affiliation of many of the artists. Even if “Malibu Sex Party,” like recent openings at 702 (a lively venue for the more rambunctious cream of the crop) left me not entirely convinced or enchanted by all the art, the vibrancy of the goings-on helped me feel as if the whole project

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