John Legend, Sharon Stone Turn Out for MOCA Gala Honoring Jeff Koons
April 30, 2017 - garden totes
It always seems to be a Jeff Koons moment, though this weekend, in Los Angeles, it was quite so.
The opening of an muster of new work brought Jared Leto, Leelee Sobieski, Lilly Tartikoff Karatz, Mike Ovitz and Tamara Mellon, and Maria and Bill Bell to a Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills on Thursday. (Koons’ mother Justine carried a receptacle from a artist’s collection of just-released Louis Vuitton bags.)
Meanwhile, many of a same throng — with Ricky Martin, Sean Penn, Sharon Stone, Ryan Seacrest, Paris Hilton and Pierce Brosnan thrown in to piquancy adult a luminary quotient — dressed in black tie for Saturday’s annual Museum of Contemporary Art Gala during a Geffen Contemporary. That dusk also respected Koons.
“We’re unequivocally celebrating Los Angeles,” Koons said, in a tent flashy with red round balloons meant to elicit some of his work. A dessert that featured a chocolate hazelnut Napoleon in a figure of a tiny dog, combined by Wolfgang Puck, was designed to do a same. “Marcel Duchamp has Philadelphia. That’s where they have a largest thoroughness of his work. If we would like to perspective my work and correlate with it, come to Los Angeles.”
That said, explained MOCA executive Philippe Vergne, “If some of we do not know who Jeff Koons is, it means we have been vital underneath a towering of Play-Doh.” He was referring to one of Koons’ many famous oversize sculptures, that a Bells have on arrangement during their home in Malibu. (They had a celebration there on Apr 26.)
Before dinner, guest such as Google’s Eric Schmidt, WME’s Ari Emanuel, Barbara Kruger, Mary Weatherford, Jeffrey and Catherine Soros, Maurice Marciano, Liz Goldwyn, Lisa and Eric Eisner and Jennifer Tilly mingled in a temporary garden eating truffle pizza and in an Instagram-friendly gallery room full of pressed Americana fabric sculptures by a artist Sterling Ruby.
China Chow hold onto a china Anya Hindmarch frail parcel purchase as she acted for a Flipagram among Ruby’s sculptures. “It’s got that tough counterpart finish,” Chow pronounced of a handbag. “It’s a many Koons-y bag we own.”
Meanwhile, Patricia Arquette showed adult in holographic red, white and blue sunglasses and a T-shirt featuring a correspondence of Donald Trump, roving on a tank.
“It’s egotistic and insane. Money is drifting everywhere and there’s an blast and eagles,” Arquette pronounced of a T-shirt, that she purchased during a airfield in Washington, D.C., for around $30. She remarkable that a tag pronounced it was painted and printed in a U.S.
“It’s not unequivocally Koonsian during all,” Arquette admitted. “Though they do share a suggestion of comedic irony and playfulness.”