The Hammer Museum welcomed artists, collectors, patrons of the arts, and entertainment World notables to the 16th Annual Gala in the Garden

Elizabeth Segerstrom

16th Annual Gala in the Garden raised a record-breaking $2.6 million to support the Hammer’s dynamic and internationally acclaimed exhibitions and public programs, which are free to the public. This year, International shopping destination South Coast Plaza partnered with the Hammer Museum to present the event.   

Over 500 guests attended the Gala – held in the museum’s outdoor courtyard – which honored award-winning author Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Glenn Ligon with tribute speeches by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, respectively.  Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Leon Bridges performed “Lisa Sawyer,” “Bad Bad News,” “Beyond,” and “River.” Event co-chairs included Solange Ferguson, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Darren Star.  

Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin welcomed guests including Richard Buckley & Tom Ford, Marcy Carsey, Troy Carter, Elizabeth Chambers & Armie Hammer, Judy Chicago, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Will Ferrell & Viveca Paulin Ferrell, Charles Gaines, Theaster Gates, Frank Gehry, Annabeth Gish, Laura Harrier, Barbara Kruger, David LaChapelle, Joel McHale, Catherine Opie & Julie Burleigh, Lari Pittman, Wolfgang Puck, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, Mark Ridley Thomas, Katherine Ross & Michael Govan, Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego, Susan Smalley, John Waters, and many more.

Marco Perego and Zoe Saldana

The evening began with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres on the third-floor terrace as guests enjoyed Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo, an exhibition that sheds new light on Hugo’s experimental and enigmatic practice as a draftsman, and Adrian Piper: Concepts and Intuitions, 1965-2016, the most comprehensive West Coast exhibition to date of Piper’s work, featuring more than 270 pieces. 

During the dinner remarks, Ann Philbin applauded the many achievements of gala honorees Margaret Atwood and Glenn Ligon. Philbin’s praises were followed by moving tribute videos dedicated to each honoree. Bryan Stevenson introduced Glenn Ligon with many praises, and Ligon gave a powerful speech on the importance of truth. Michael Chabon honored Margaret Atwood’s rare gift of storytelling and Atwood took the stage to leave the audience with a message of hope. 

Elizabeth Chambers, Tom Ford and Armie Hammer


Renowned as a leading international shopping destination, South Coast Plaza is home to more than 250 prominent boutiques, critically-acclaimed restaurants and the adjacent celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It is the West Coast’s premier shopping experience, with its proximity to beaches and John Wayne Airport, customized concierge services, and unparalleled collection of diverse retailers — from Gucci, Hermès, Cartier and Harry Winston to Dolce & Gabbana, The Webster, Dior, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy and more.


The Hammer Museum is part of the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA, and offers exhibitions and collections that span classic to contemporary art, as well as programs that spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas. Through a wide-ranging, international exhibition program and the biennial, Made in L.A., the Hammer highlights contemporary art since the 1960s, especially the work of emerging and under recognized artists. The exhibitions, permanent collections, and nearly 300 public programs annually—including film screenings, lectures, symposia, readings, music performances, and workshops for families—are all free to the public.

Tom Ford

Photography: Courtesy of The Hammer Museum

Oh, yes! Maddox Gallery Los Angeles opens with ‘Best of British’ exhibition

Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to fly across the ocean to attend an official opening of the Maddox Gallery in Los Angeles

Chris Zylka, Paris Hilton, Petra Ecclestone, Sam Palmer and Jay Rutland

Maddox Gallery, the cutting-edge London based group of galleries, celebrated the opening of Maddox Gallery Los Angeles with a VIP private view to launch the new West Hollywood gallery and its inaugural exhibition ‘Best of British’. The gallery promises to be a new space in the city’s design district dedicated to the experience of art in a luxury environment. Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to fly across the ocean to attend an official opening of another gallery in one of the most prestigious locations in the World.

Attendees included: Robert Downey, Jr., Ed Westwick, Eric Dane, Tyler Shields and Francesca Eastwood, Nicole and Larry English, Scott Disick, Sophia Richie, David Hasselhoff, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jesse Metcalfe, Frankie Delgado, Paris Hilton, Chris Zylka, Mauricio Umansky, Mohamed Hadid, Shiva Sarai, Emily Sears, Perry Ferrell, Petra Ecclestone, Beau Dunn and Max Carver.

The 3,000 square foot bright and airy unit, located at 8811 Beverley Boulevard, oozes British style and sophistication. In a setting with vaulted ceilings and immaculately polished concrete floors, Maddox Gallery LA will officially launch on October 11th 2018 with its debut exhibition ‘Best of British’. The show will display works by Brit blue chip and established artists and rising stars such as Dan Baldwin, Mark Evans, The Connor Brothers, Harland Miller, Banksy, Marc Quinn, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, David Yarrow, Russell Young and Grayson Perry.

With Petra Ecclestone at the helm of Maddox Gallery Los Angeles as Creative Director, the sister-in-law of Maddox Gallery Group Creative Director, Jay Rutland, is an LA resident and long-time art collector, and will lead the operation of the gallery alongside her partner, British entrepreneur and Gallery Director, Sam Palmer.

Scott Disick and Sofia Richie

Maddox Gallery Creative Director Jay Rutland comments: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response to our galleries in the UK and in Switzerland since we opened in 2015 and the natural next step for us is North America.”

“We’ve exhibited at a number of US art fairs in the past two years — in Miami, Houston, New York and The Hamptons. The response has been so encouraging. People seemed to love what we were doing. We are passionate about art and promoting our artists. We seek to bring the best art to all people in innovative ways, be that online, digitally, through brand partnerships — such as Bradley Theodore for Puma and David Yarrow and Cara Delevingne for Tag Heuer – or with a physical retail space. Los Angeles has such an exciting, thriving art scene, I cannot wait for Maddox Gallery to be a part of that.”

This will be the sixth space opened by Maddox Gallery in under three years. Launched in London in December 2015, the brand’s portfolio has rapidly expanded to include three Mayfair spaces, a 4,000 square foot gallery on Westbourne Grove and its first European outpost in the luxury Alpine ski resort of Gstaad.

Larry English, Nicole Williams, Frankie Delgado and Petra Ecclestone



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