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Patricia Bell

Past Tour Exhibitor

Excerpted from the New York Times (http://maplewood.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/24/local-locals-pat-bell-art-collector/comment-page-1/?_r=0)


Describing Patricia Bell as a contemporary art collector is like saying Tiger Woods is a golfer. Technically itís true, but it really doesnít even come close to providing the whole picture.

Ms. Bellís collection, much of which is displayed in her South Orange home, includes paintings, prints, sculpture, constructions, photographs, ceramics, crafts and art furniture. Many of the artists are New Jersey based, some from our area.

There are large works that take up an entire wall and tiny works that are scarcely three inches square.

There are abstract works and some that are representational. There are graphic works primarily in black and white, and multicolored works with every hue of the rainbow.

There are works that fit clearly into standard art categories and others that bend the definition of what a work of art is.

But whatís clear from the moment you walk into her elegant home is that museum-quality art is everywhere, itís masterfully displayed by an individual whoís passionate and up-to-date about visual arts and who, by virtue of an extraordinary eye for art, is an artist in her own right.

Currently on display in her home is a photograph by internationally known artist Yinka Shonibare, a resin sculpture by Tom Nussbaum, a suite of five prints by Chuck Close, and a mixed media painting by local artist Nancy Tobin.

Also see the Nj.com:
http://www.nj.com/homegarden/homestories/index.ssf/2010/02/south_orange_art_collectors_ho.html