Monday, August 26, 2013

Fifty Works for Fifty States Exhibit at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

So who says you have to be super rich to build a super cool art collection? Consider the fabled New York couple whose collecting zeal is on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts through October 20. The exhibit is entitled "The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States." Herbert, who died last year at 89, was a postal clerk all of his working life. His wife Dorothy, who is 13 years younger, was a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library until she retired in 1990.

The Vogels started collecting art during the heyday of the minimal, conceptual and post minimal movements in their Upper East Side apartment soon after they wed in 1962. Decades later, they had amassed over 4000 works of art, primarily drawings, in their tiny apartment. Not only that, the Vogels shared their art with 20 exotic turtles and eight cats with names like Renoir, Corot, and Manet.

This current VMFA exhibit showcases a gift to the VMFA by the Vogels and consists of 50 works by 20 artists. It is displayed in the Museum's intimate Evans Court Gallery. With 50 works given to art museums in each of the 50 states, the Vogels have donated 2500 works by 177 artists. The Vogels donated 1100 works to the National Gallery, and they arrived in Washington, D.C. in five full-size moving vans! The Vogel collection is a kind of "time capsule" that gives a good sense of the exploration that was going on in American art in the 1970's and 80's. For more information, visit www.vmfa.museum. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is just a short walk from Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument