Pa. museum acquires modernist art collection

September 1, 2009 4:54:27 AM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania art museum has received one of its largest gifts ever - about 500 works plus property once owned by modernist artist Peter Grippe. The collection given to the Allentown Art Museum features Grippe's sculptures, drawings and prints, as well as works by Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Jacques Lipchitz and poet Dylan Thomas.

Museum executive director Greg Perry says the collection will be a boon to the institution's 20th-century holdings.

Grippe was a Cubist-inspired sculptor and printmaker who died in 2002. His widow made the museum donation.

Grippe's property, including a New York apartment and home and studio on Long Island, will be sold. Proceeds will be used for museum fund in honor of Peter and Florence Grippe.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com


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