Ariela Alberts ’09 was exposed to the arts from a young age by her family, who are loyal patrons of the visual and performing arts. While at Milken Community Schools, Ariela explored her interest in art by enrolling in AP Art History. She was also active in Milken student government and a Co-President of the Milken chapter of the National Honor Society.
After graduating from Milken in 2009, Ariela was accepted to the prestigious History of Art undergraduate program at UC Berkeley, where she earned her B.A. in 2013. In college, she was an active member of many community groups and activities including the Berkeley Fiction Review, a student-run literary magazine, and the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive Student Committee. Ariela spent two summers as an intern at LACMA in the Communications and Marketing department during her summer breaks. She assisted with LACMA press relations for many events including John Baldessari: Pure Beauty in 2010 and the opening of the Resnick Pavilion in 2011. Ariela studied abroad in Paris as part of the Intensive French Language and Culture Studies program at the Sorbonne and completed an honors thesis on the French artist Pierre Bonnard entitled "Pierre Bonnard and the War Years: How the Artist Enhanced His Reputation Despite the Challenges of WWII."
After graduating from college, Ariela moved to New York and joined Artifex Press, where she has worked for the past five and a half years. Artifex Press is a publisher of catalogues raisonnés, a specialized type of art catalogue comprised of an artists’ full body of work with highly detailed annotations on the provenance of each work, requiring a tremendous amount of research and knowledge of art history. Artifex Press is the first publishing company to produce catalogues raisonnés digitally and is uniquely positioned at the intersection of technology and art publishing. Publishing the catalogues raisonnés digitally allows for timely updates and increases accessibility to the research.
Since 2014, Ariela has conducted research on the artist James Siena as Editor of the James Siena Catalogue Raisonné, working in close collaboration with the artist. The James Siena Catalogue Raisonné was published in 2017 and is now widely available via subscription. In Los Angeles, the publication may be accessed at LACMA or the Getty Research Institute alongside the collection of Artifex Press publications. Ariela recently began working on the upcoming Robert Irwin Catalogue Raisonné, which will be edited by the highly-respected scholar Marianne Stockebrand. Ariela notes she is “lucky to work with such an accomplished, smart team at Artifex Press, which is producing catalogues for leading artists in an absolutely innovative format. To work for a company whose mission I fully support while deeply engaging in research for artists who I respect and admire is incredibly fulfilling.”
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