Carole Bayer Sager was surrounded by family and friends last night for a private reception at the West Hollywood gallery LA Art House. Her new exhibition Generations is a collection of abstract oil paintings. The works are expressions of tiny details from her previous pieces, magnified with a camera up to "100 times their normal size." Said the artist, "It's extremely exciting to finally have these paintings alive, with people other than me looking at them! I'm very passionate about them... I love art, I love music, and I hope that the paintings reach people emotionally in the same way that some of my songs have."
Friends from her prolific career in the music industry like David Geffen, CBS CEO Les Moonves, producer Norman Lear, R&B singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban came to support her new work. (Vanity Fair points out that many of the celebrity guests at the party once sat as portrait subjects for Bayer Sager.)
LACMA CEO Michael Govan, who was there with his wife Katherine Ross, had nothing but praise for his board of trustees member. When asked if any of her work would be displayed at LACMA, Govan smiled and said, "Carole's already at LACMA." He then added, "everything Carole does, she infuses with her creativity--and she seems to be able to do anything... even her work at the museum is creative. When she joined the board, she made a 3-D public service announcement film for the museum. She's a totally creative being." Bayer Sager's fellow board members Brian Grazer, Dodgers co-owner Jamie McCourt, and POM Wonderful CEO Lynda Resnick were also there to celebrate her art.