Diane Keaton and Paul McCarthy Honored at Hammer Museum’s Annual Gala

McCarthy spoke about Mike Kelley and terrible art parties.

Diane Keaton Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com
Diane Keaton, Ann Philbin Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Diane Keaton, Ann Philbin.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

The Hammer Museum’s annual Gala in the Garden is known for seamlessly blending Hollywood and the art world in a manner that’s quintessentially LA, and this year’s festivities were no different.

The Bottega Veneta-sponsored evening honored actress Diane Keaton and artist Paul McCarthy, who is hated and loved for his “offensive” abstract sculptures and pricey takes on Disney characters.

“It’s a great collision isn’t it?” artist and director Sam Taylor Johnson told the Hollywood Reporter. “I can’t think of anything that straddles the worlds of Diane Keaton and Paul McCarthy. Two completely different disciplines and styles of artists, but at the same time both very forefront artistic-thinking people.”

Taylor Johnson co-chaired the evening alongside her husband Aaron Johnson, cinematographer Danny Moder, Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier, and Julia Roberts. Stars such as Elizabeth Banks, Kiernan Shipka, Jane Lynch, Selma Blair, Emma Stone, Salma Hayek, Marisa Tomei, Steve Martin, and Will Ferrell were just some names among the almost 600 attendees.

Artists such as John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie, Frances Stark, Mark Bradford, Liz Goldwyn, and curator Paul Schimmel also made appearances.

Julia Roberts Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Julia Roberts.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Stone had the honor of presenting Keaton with her award, while McCarthy’s was given by Matthew Barney, whose first major solo museum show, “River of Fundament,” opened across town at the Museum of Contemporary Art in September.

“His work is critical of the world and appropriates and defiles, but at the core of this work is a startling joy…he is loving every minute of it,” Barney said in his introduction. According to Women’s Wear Daily, McCarthy’s acceptance speech was a bit like a performance artwork—a rambling, stream-of-consciousness endeavor read straight from the artist’s iPhone.

“Mike Kelley tells me he hates parties…They are about nothing…raising money, mania, status,” McCarthy recalled in the speech. “I told Mike there are, this is, another way of looking, of supporting other artists. Acknowledging the community and the importance of art…” he managed to say.

Paul McCarthy Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Paul McCarthy.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

The evening included an after dinner performance by hip hop artist Aloe Blacc, who was apparently starstruck by the invitation to perform. “They told me that Sia performed last year and Katy Perry the year before that, so I thought somebody made a mistake when they invited me,” he said.

Guests also took a moment to actually view the art, an activity that (perhaps unsurprisingly) doesn’t happen at every gala, with many guests too busy schmoozing and swilling cocktails to head into the galleries.

“There’s no way to talk about art without sounding like an asshole,” actress Amanda Peet cheekily admitted to New York magazine.

But for Frances Stark, whose work was on display, the evening was a surreal experience. “I feel like I’m on ecstasy,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “Will Ferrell is here, and then I saw the guy who was the head of my graduate program in the ’90s, and then I saw one of my professors from the ’90s.”

See images from the event below.

Sarah Paulson, Amanda Peet Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Sarah Paulson, Amanda Peet.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Frances Stark, Bobby Jesus Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Frances Stark, Bobby Jesus.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Jane Lynch Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Jane Lynch.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Patricia Arquette Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Patricia Arquette.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Danna Knego, Ed Ruscha Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Danna Knego, Ed Ruscha.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Kiernan Shipka, Janie Bryant Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Kiernan Shipka, Janie Bryant.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Salma Hayek Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Salma Hayek.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Armie Hammer Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Armie Hammer.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Emma Stone Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Emma Stone.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

John Baldessari Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

John Baldessari.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Elizabeth Banks Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Elizabeth Banks.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Marisa Tomei Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Marisa Tomei.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Liz Goldwyn Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Liz Goldwyn.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Diane Keaton Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Diane Keaton.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Sam Taylor Wood, Aaron Johnson Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Sam Taylor Wood, Aaron Johnson.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Selma Blair Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Selma Blair.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

Bettina Korek Photo:  David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com

Bettina Korek.
Photo: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com.

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