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Artist Larry Bell Doesn't Trust Art Collectors—Except Billie Milam Weisman

Franz Kline, Buried Reds, 1953; Isamu Noguchi, Little She, 1969; Roy Lichtenstein, Studio Wall with Hanging Pencil, 1973; Adolph Gottlieb, Untitled (Orange Blast), 1967; Bryan Hunt, Lure, 1978; Anthony Caro, Silver Piece V, 1976–77; Duane Hanson, Florida Shopper, 1973; Helen Frankenthaler, Gateway, 1988; Keith Haring, Untitled, 1984; Francis Bacon, Study for the Eumenides, 1981. 

In 1982, Frederick R. Weisman purchased a historic Mediterranean-style villa in the leafy Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. Together with his wife, the curator Billie Milam Weisman, the entrepreneur and inveterate art collector moved more than 400 works into the historic space, transforming it into a living homage to modernist, postwar, and contemporary art. Today, Billie helms the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, making its holdings—which include works by Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Isamu Noguchi, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Ed Ruscha—available to the public through daily tours and loans to museums across the world. For this issue, Billie speaks to Larry Bell—the contemporary artist whose glass cubes she first encountered as a curatorial assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—about the city that defined their careers.

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