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Lately, it seems as though every week in L.A. is “art week,” but this year, openings appear to be riding hard on the coattails of the Oscars.

 

Starting with Monday’s Kimberly Brooks “The Stylist Project” exhibit, followed by Wednesday’s Manifest Equality Gallery debut, then the Andreas Gursky show at the Gagosian, the action reached a peak the night before the Academy Awards at Saturday’s Nobuyoshi Araki show at Jared Najjar and PC Valmorbida’s Prism Gallery in West Hollywood.

 

“It’s only our second show, but I’m pretty pleased with the way things are going,” said Valmorbida. He should be. Saturday’s show featured dozens of large-scale prints by the famed Japanese photographer (who was not present) on loan from a private collector. Among those who braved the downpour to ogle the works were Valmorbida’s jet setting pals Stavros Niarchos and Lapo Elkann, actors Marisa Tomei and Jeremy Piven, artists Lauren Greenfield and Tierney Gearon, models Cordula, Guinevere Van Seenus and Devon Aoki, and rocker Avril Lavigne (who must be sewing her post-divorce oats by arriving with Brandon Davis).

 

In fact, Davis deferred to Lavigne when photographers attempted to photograph the pair. “No, I don’t think we should,” she huffed. Others were more gracious, especially those who got gussied up for the evening, like an Alexander Wang-clad Tamara Mellon. “We are on our way to the Weinstein party and The Night Before party,” she said.

 

In fact, the gallery’s Sunset Strip location was located smack between SoHo House and the new nightclub Trousedale, where many of the younger guests were headed afterwards. “The night is young,” cracked Piven.

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