Beginning in 1962, Dorothy and Herbert Vogel began collecting contemporary works of art. A librarian and a postal worker, respectively, the New York City couple dedicated one of their salaries to purchasing art, and in a few decades they had amassed a collection encompassing thousands of works.
In a unique partnership with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Vogels distributed 2,500 works from that collection, with fifty works going to one art museum in each state, including VMFA.
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States showcases all fifty works received by VMFA in 2008. While the Vogel collection is best known for its examples of Minimal and Conceptual art, the donations also explore numerous directions of the Post-Minimalist period including Figurative and Neo-Expressionist works.
Conservation support for The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States provided in part by the Robert Lehman Foundation.
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