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Celeste and Armand Bartos were polymath patrons of the arts with interests that spanned painting, sculpture, cinema, design, architecture, and new media. Their exceptional art collection perfectly embodied their bold and generous spirit and today enshrines their enduring legacy. Their collection includes works by many of the Twentieth century’s greatest artists including Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol and demonstrates the couple’s discerning eye for quality. Despite their high level of connoisseurship, Celeste and Armand were a low-key couple who did not participate in the usual social circuit of the art world. Instead, they chose to develop personal dialogues with a diverse range of artists that included Isamu Noguchi, Christo and Jean-Claude, Jasper Johns, Gerald Laing, and the architects Gordon Bunshaft and Buckminster Fuller.

Celeste and Armand were keen to share their love of art and donated many works by major artists to the Museum of Modern Art, including pieces by Sam Francis, Piet Mondrian, Agnes Martin, Joan Miró, Juan Gris, and Frank Stella, along with an exceptional gift in the 1980s of over 340 prints and works on paper. Celeste and Armand Bartos were collectors of remarkable originality and a unique discernment. Their unrivaled connoisseurship resulted in a collection which, while it encompassed many categories of art, was united by the consistent excellence of each work. Their vision and sense of adventure meant that they identified and sought out the most interesting artists of their generation, a search that was rewarded with friendship and unfettered access to the artists’ studios. All this resulted in an outstanding collection of Twentieth century art and, thanks to the couple’s generosity, a legacy that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

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