The trendiest art opening we've seen lately was held for photographer Joel-Peter Witkin at the Sahey/Klein Gallery on tres- trendy La Brea Avenue. Standing in line outside was Gigi (Getty) Gaston, wondering whether this was a special screening of "Batman," because the line went halfway around the block. That didn't stop Richard Gere, a Witkin collector who looked nearly as gray as the artist's photos--gray sweater, gray pants and nearly a full head of gray hair, which friends report is the natural color. Unnaturally indistinguishable from the rest of the crowd was Jodie Foster, with her hair pulled back to accentuate a pair of particularly, shall we say, unfashionable glasses. Hard to spot in the throng were model Cindy Crawford, actress Rebecca de Mornay, actor Dennis Hopper and director Paul Bartel. For those less familiar with his style, Witkin's photo subjects are hermaphrodites, dwarfs, pre-op transsexuals, amputees and hunchbacks. And he's always looking for new models.
Geena Davis on Parade
Actress Geena Davis came home to Wareham, Mass., population 18,000, over the weekend and served as grand marshal of the town's 250th anniversary parade. The Oscar winner and erstwhile organist at Wareham's First Congregational Church wore a peach satin Colonial-style gown and sat on the back of a 1955 Cadillac El Dorado convertible. "Where she got the idea she was going to be a movie star, I can't say," her mother offered. The family permitted her to watch only Walt Disney movies, Davis remembered. "She wasn't one to go out every Friday night," her mother added. "She was very much into crafts. She'd buy leather and make pocketbooks."