Los Angeles Confidential - - Invited -

LA art world A-lis­ters—and a good sprin­kling of Tinseltown’s glit­terati— con­verged in Down­town’s Lit­tle Tokyo at The Gef­fen Con­tem­po­rary MOCA for MOCA’s 38th an­nual gala in honor of art world bad boy-turned-leg­end Jeff Koons. With the mu­seum trans­formed into a vi­brant, ma­genta-hued paean to Koons, com­plete with over­sized My­lar bal­loons, bright pur­ple car­pet­ing, and chic eats pro­vided by Wolf­gang Puck, the evening raised an im­pres­sive $3 mil­lion-plus to fund the mu­seum’s pro­grams and ac­qui­si­tions. Pre­sid­ing over the glam-bam fes­tiv­i­ties, MOCA’s di­rec­tor, Philippe Vergne, and gala co-chairs, Lilly Tar­tikoff Karatz and Mau­rice Mar­ciano, wel­comed per­form­ers John Leg­end, Miguel, and DJ M.O.S., who rocked the oh-so-cool crowd well into the wee hours.

Billy Al Bengston and Wendy Al Bengston David Gersh, Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette, Eric White, and Su­san Gersh

Larry Gagosian and Frank Gehry Eli Broad and Lilly Tar­tikoff Karatz Sylvia Chivaratanond and Carol Ap­pel Ster­ling Ruby and Me­lanie Schiff

Lisa and Eric Eisner with Ann Philbin David Ap­pel, Philippe Vergne, Carol Ap­pel, and Mau­rice Mar­ciano Bruce Karatz and Jef­frey Deitch

Wolf­gang and Gelila Assefa Puck with Colleen and Bradley Bell

Vaitiare Hirshon, Mau­rice Mar­ciano, and Lilly Tar­tikoff Karatz with Jeff and Jus­tine Wheeler Koons

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