The Beyond Eden art fair began in 2008 as East of Eden. By its sophomore installation, however, the name had been changed to relect the fact that the new contemporary art movement had outgrown the Eastside geography that was its L.A. spawning ground, occupying galleries all over town and claiming a seat at the mainstream art table. Now in its fourth edition, Beyond Eden is a rock & roll take on the art-fair experience, tailored for the part of the art world that typically would skip the fancy-pants fair circuit. The 2013 edition features expansive installations by four galleries that have been pillars of what we're not supposed to call “lowbrow art” anymore — C.A.V.E. Gallery (Venice), Copro Gallery (Santa Monica), Spoke Art (San Francisco) and Thinkspace (Culver City). Wildly popular for its embrace of illustration, street art, graffiti, fantasy, folk, outsider and pop-infused surrealism, the movement has invaded every level of visual culture. More than that, its progressive subversion has forever changed the conversation about what is valuable and important in contemporary art. Saturday's opening reception features live painting, a hosted bar, deejay action and a presentation honoring Greg Escalante of Juxtapoz Magazine and Copro Gallery for his decades of visionary support of the movement. In addition to the presentation of its own gallery artists, fair founder Thinkspace invites local mural and graffiti photographer Birdman to curate a group show of work by the artists he stalks in the streets. Whether you're high or low, L.A. can still be your paradise. L.A. Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sat., Oct. 12, 5-11 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 13, noon-5 p.m.; free. (323) 644-6269, beyondedenart.com.
Sat., Oct. 12, 5-11 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 13, 12-5 p.m., 2013
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