Bowdoin College Receives 320 Works from Vogel Collection

Michael Lucero, "Untitled (NYACK) (97)," 2002, glazed ceramic, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, Photography by Dennis Griggs.
Michael Lucero, "Untitled (NYACK) (97)," 2002, glazed ceramic, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, Photography by Dennis Griggs.

He was a postman. She was a reference librarian. Together, Herbert and Dorothy Vogel of New York City amassed “one of the world’s great collections of minimal and post-minimal art,” according to Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine. A major acquisition of 320 works of art from the Vogel's celebrated collection was announced on Friday by the museum — a transformative gift that will dramatically enhance the museum’s contemporary art holdings.

Comprising works by nearly 70 artists such as Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Julian Schnabel, James Siena, Pat Steir and Richard Tuttle, Dorothy Vogel’s gift to the Museum ranks among the largest contributions of objects from the Vogel Collection since their major gift to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1992.

In addition to works by prominent modern and contemporary artists, the gift includes many works with which the Vogels lived personally for many years — and rare examples of paintings by Dorothy and Herb Vogel themselves. The Vogel Collection gift is among the most significant contributions in the Museum’s more than 200-year history.

The gifted collection features the work of iconic artists and will enable the Museum to represent the evolving history of minimal, post-minimal and conceptual art practice. Works on paper compose the majority of the gift, in addition to photography by Richard Long, ceramics by Michael Lucero and sculpture by Merrill Wagner. Encompassing works dating from the mid-20th century to the early-21st century, the gift to Bowdoin will present the full history of the Vogel’s collecting — from Herb Vogel’s early acquisition of paintings by Giuseppe Napoli and Hank Virgona, to work acquired jointly by the pair during the past decade, such as drawings by Richard Tuttle and Lucio Pozzi.

“This donation represents a true highlight in the giving of our collection,” said Dorothy Vogel.  “I take pleasure knowing that artworks included here, by leading American artists, have the capacity to inspire many generations of audiences, from students to locals, to a broad range of international visitors.”

Herb and Dorothy Vogel began collecting art in the early 1960s and created one of the world’s most notable collections of minimal, conceptual and post-minimal art.

The Vogels made a major gift from their collection to the National Gallery of Art in 1992. Sixteen years later, they launched The Dorothy and Herbert Collection: Fifty Works to Fifty States, in concert with the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Through this undertaking, the Vogels distributed 50 works to one institution in each of the 50 states. Their extraordinary accomplishments as collectors and benefactors have been celebrated in two films by Megumi Sasaki, Herb and Dorothy (2008) and Herb and Dorothy 50 x 50 (2013) as well as in innumerable publications, including articles and interviews.

 

 

More News Feed Headlines

Damien Hirst at White Cube during Frieze Week 2014.

Hirst's Formaldehyde Fish, Warhol's Scream Lure Buyers at Frieze

  • October 23, 2014 22:57

Damien Hirst's formaldehyde fish ranked among the top sales during a $2.2 billion Frieze Week in London.

Read More

Rendering of the National Museum of the United States Army, set to be built at Fort Belvoir, Va.

U.S. Army Readies to Buy Trove of World War I Artworks

  • October 22, 2014 22:33

The U.S. Army has petitioned for $600,000 to acquire a collection of 23 artworks created at the battlefronts of World War I. The rare group of paintings are by...

Read More

Louis Béroud (1852-1930) View of the Salle Rubens musée du Louvre, 1904.

Painting Missing from Louvre Since WWII Surfaces in Auction

  • October 21, 2014 16:28

A painting of the French king Henri III (1551-89) that disappeared from the Louvre during the Second World War turned up at a Paris auction last week

Read More

Louis Vuitton Foundation, the private museum in Paris designed by Frank Gehry.

France on Fire with Art Openings This Week

  • October 21, 2014 16:28

Modern and contemporary art gets a bigger than usual spotlight this week in Paris. French president Francois Hollande, fashion editor Anna Wintour and Louis Vuitton head honcho Bernard Arnault...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

79376220

ArtfixDaily Artwire