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About Last Night: PHOTO15 Rocks Milk LA

Last night was the ritziest of the ritzy, as art collectors came to Milk Studios Los Angeles to get their hands on some priceless work – and to help give back. PHOTO15, an auction held in partnership with Paddle 8, was created to raise money for The AIDS Monument in the City of West Hollywood, a monument designed by Daniel Tobin to be erected in West Hollywood Park. Works from artist legends like Jeff Wall, Ed Ruscha, Arthur Elgort, Catherine Opie, and Antonio Lopez hung among pieces by pop culture greats like Dennis HopperLenny Kravitz and Olivier Zahm. The event, produced by Bryan Rabin, was hosted by our dream woman and role model Sharon Stone, adding another dash of glamour to an already-elegant affair.

As the wine flowed and the murmurs of conversation spread across the room, collectors and connoisseurs alike mingled and appreciated the intimate portraits of people like Tilda Swinton, David Bowie, and a very trippy octopus. While the night was full of fun and photos, there was still a much large sense that everything happening was for a greater purpose, and would help so many people. As Stone herself said in a speech about the AIDS epidemic, “This is not a lesson we’re just learning in the AIDS community – it’s a lesson we are learning about humanity. When we judge, when we turn our backs on each other, when we turn away from anyone in need, we have a global crisis.” Well said, lady.

Photos by Koury Angelo

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