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Julian Schnabel art opening

Artist-director Julian Schnabel snaps a photo as he is mobbed by well-wishers during the opening Thursday of his art exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. He is up for an Oscar as director of “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Artist-director Julian Schnabel, left, with his wife, actress Olatz Schnabel (second from left) and Dennis and Victoria Hopper at Julian Schnabel’s art opening at the Gagosian Gallery. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
“Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner, left, with Julian Schnabel at the very crowded Gagosian Gallery opening on Thursday. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Actress Josie Maran at the Gagosian Gallery opening reception for Julian Schnabel’s exhibition of recent paintings. (Photo by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
Actor Matthew Modine attends the opening of Julian Schnabel’s “Christ’s Last Day” exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills on Thursday. (Photo by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
Socialite Nicky Hilton was among the crowd attending the Gagosian Gallery opening of Julian Schnabel’s paintings. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
The gallery is quieter before the reception for Julian Schnabel as his “Christ’s Last Day” exhibition opens at Gagosian Gallery. On the wall is “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” director’s painting “Untitled (Christ’s Last Day) VII, 2007.” (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Julian Schnabel’s art opening in Beverly Hills was the pre-Oscar scene to be seen at Thursday night. “There’s so many people you can’t look at the paintings. I wish it was less crowded, more exclusive,” said director Brett Ratner. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)