During their lifetimes, art connoisseurs and patrons Ann Arenberg Gips and her husband, Walter F. Gips, Jr., expanded upon the collection of singular quality and breadth assembled by her parents, Albert L. and Claire S. Arenberg, noted benefactors of the Art Institute of Chicago. This collection celebrated the very best in 20th century icons—Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró and Willem de Kooning—along with exceptional works by classic American artists like David Smith, Milton Avery, Ellsworth Kelly and George Rickey. Although firmly anchored in modern and post-war American art, the Arenberg collection also featured art acquired during their travels around the world. A favorite destination was Japan, and the Arenbergs built an enviable collection of art from this region, which they eventually donated to the Art Institute of Chicago. Over their lifetime, they also donated works to the Smith College Museum of Art, the Krannert Art Museum and Kinead Pavilion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Gips went on to add works by Harry Bertoia and George Grosz to the collection, while supporting a range of emerging artists. This remarkable assemblage of fine art stands as a tangible legacy of a vibrant family committed to beauty, visual intellect and trailblazing ideas in all aspects of the arts and the world.
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