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Maria Arena Bell (Conversations on Collecting, Frieze New York 2016)


Los Angeles based novelist, television writer, philanthropist and collector Maria Arena Bell shares her journey as a collector with writer and The Art Newspaper contributing editor Louisa Buck.

Maria Arena Bell
Maria Arena Bell is an Emmy award winning television writer and producer who founded her company Vitameatavegamin Productions in 2013 and is currently in development on television and feature film projects.  Bell’s humorous essays have appeared in major publications including “T” the New York Times Magazine Style section and Aspen Magazine and she is the former head writer and executive producer of The Young and The Restless for CBS.  Bell is a collector and arts philanthropist who has focused her work in museums and arts education.  She is the former co chair of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles where she chaired five major artist galas working with artists like Marina Abramovic, Doug Aitken, Francesco Vezzolli, Rob Pruitt  and Takashi Murakami.  Bell co-chaired the search for directors Jeffrey Deitch and Philippe Vergne and helped shepherd the successful campaign to raise a 100 million dollar endowment. She was the long time chair and later president of PS Arts, a non profit organization that puts the arts back in public elementary schools in Los Angeles.  Bell was also vice chair of   Americans for The Arts where she chaired their National Arts Awards for a decade honoring such artists as Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and Elsworth Kelly.  Her advocacy work for arts education for that organization teamed her with many great artists fighting for NEA funding and more art in schools.  She just stepped down as a cultural affairs commissioner for the city of Los Angeles.  Her passion for art was ignited through her public education and began collecting with her husband Bill Bell in the early 90s.  Their collection focuses on conceptually linked artists Duchamp, Warhol, Koons, Prince, Fischer, Twombly and includes commissioned projects with younger artists such as Dan Colen and others.  She has passionately championed the work of many Los Angeles artists including Alex Israel, Jonas Wood and Mark Ryden as well as Laura and Kate Muleavy of Rodarte. 

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