On Sunday, contemporary art collector Herbert Vogel died at the age of 89 in New York. Over the course of 50 years, Mr. Vogel and his wife Dorothy assembled an impressive collection of Minimal and conceptual art on a modest budget (he was a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service, she was a research librarian), often buying directly from artists and paying in installments. Beginning in the early 1990s, they began donating and selling hundreds of works by both well-known and less-familiar names to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which holds more than 900 works from their collection. (The couple has promised hundreds more.) In the slide show above, a brief look at some of the works.
(All images are courtesy the artist and the NGA)
Robert Mangold, Red/Gray Zone Painting, 1998
Acrylic and colored pencil on canvas, 24 x 54 in.
Patrick Ireland, 25 Angled 1's on a 5 color 5 x 5 grid, 1975
Colored felt-tip pen on wove paper, image: 15 x 15 1/16 in., sheet: 23 1/16 x 29 1/8 in.
Richard Artschwager, Untitled, 1969
Charcoal on laid paper, 25 1/4 x 19 in.
Howardena Pindell, Untitled, #20, 1974
Collage with hole-punched paper dots, pen and black ink, monofilament, and talcum powder on oak tag paper overall, 12 x 9 5/8 in.
Sol LeWitt, Floor Structure Black, 1965
Painted wood, 18 1/2 x 18 x 82 in.
Christo, Valley Curtain, Project for Colorado, Grand Hogback, 1971
Collage with photostat by Harry Shunk, fabric, two diazo prints, enamel paint, graphite, colored pencil, wax crayon, tape, and staples on paperboard, 27 13/16 x 22 in.
Lynda Benglis, Sparkle Knot, 1972
Gauze, spray paint, glitter and wire, 52 x 12 x 8 in.