Not everyone involved in the BritArt movement courts controversy. At the opening of “I Am a Camera,” the new exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, photographer Tierney Gearon gasped when she saw a guest gesticulating in front of one of her photos.
“I thought, ‘Uh-oh. What did I do now?”‘ said Gearon, whose photo of two naked children stirred up trouble when Charles Saatchi pitched it for the cover of the exhibition’s catalog, which includes photos by Nan Goldin, Rinke Dijkstra and Jessica Craig-Martin. His publisher shot down the idea.
Wandering through the gallery, Tracey Emin worried about her own upcoming exhibition at London’s White Cube2 gallery.
“I was really, really excited about it,” Emin said. “But as the opening gets closer, my pure excitement has given way to pure fear.”
Back in Los Angeles on Saturday night, COACH for Kids sponsored a Valentine Ball at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the following Monday, “Sweet November,” Charlize Theron’s new tearjerker, drew a crowd in Hollywood.
“I didn’t try to make people cry,” laughed Theron.
“Charlize and I are very fond of each other,” co-star Keanu Reeves said coyly in an effort to explain why he veered from his typical macho role to play a lovelorn advertising executive who falls for the terminally ill Theron. “After all, I’m a true romantic.”
Across town at the premiere of “Down to Earth,” the tone was anything but maudlin, thanks to its star, Chris Rock. Vivica Fox came for one reason alone — Rock’s famous mouth.
“He says those things you’ve always wanted to say, but didn’t,” explained Fox. Magic Johnson agreed.
“He can joke about anything,” Johnson said. “People, politics, whatever. I just give it to Chris and let him say it for me.”