New York, 24 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Art collector and former postman Herbert Vogel died on 22 July in New York, aged 89.
Over half a century, Herbert Vogel and his wife Dorothy Vogel acquired some 5,000 contemporary artworks, constituting one of the most important post-60s art collections in the United States. As stated on 23 July by website GalleristNY, the couple started to collect artworks in 1962, after a visit to the Washington National Gallery during their honeymoon. In the beginning, the American couple preferred to purchase minimalist and conceptual art works by artists unknown at the time.
GalleristNY explained that the couple had three criteria: the work had to be affordable, small enough to fit in a cab or in the tube, and had to be the right size to be installed in their studio. Works by Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Christo and Lynda Benglis were among those acquired. The couple was often able to spread their payments and receive discounts, as artists were thrilled to be part of the Vogel collection.
Herbert and Dorothy Vogel never sold their works, but preferred to donate them to museums. The Washington National Gallery, for example, possesses some 900 works from the Vogel collection.