Collecting art is a shared passion for Maria Arena and William Bell Jr. Before their marriage, Maria was buying vintage George Hurrell Hollywood photographs. Now the couple, of soap-opera fame, own works by Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Damien Hirst, and many other leading figures—a Plexiglas sculpture of a Hoover vacuum cleaner by Jeff Koons occupies pride of place in their living room. Maria has also dedicated a good part of her life to philanthropic endeavors in the art world—service which springs from a belief that everyone should have access to the arts. She is currently on the board of MoMA PS1. The arts, as she told the Los Angeles Times, “are the things that give you solace, give you happiness and make you who you are. Everybody should have them.”
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