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Friday, April 11, 2008


posted by on April 11 at 12:35 PM

This is some great news. New Yorkers Dorothy and Herbert Vogel are giving away their art collection not all at once, in a great big pile, to an already overstuffed New York institution, but to museums all over the country—including Seattle Art Museum.

Fifty works—mostly minimalist and conceptual works, where SAM could use a boost—are going to a selected institution in each of 50 states. (This is all possible with the help of the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.)

Here’s what’s coming to SAM (the museum only knows specifically about four works and has a list of all the artist’s names, according to a spokeswoman):

— Stephen Antonakos’s Nov #2, 1986 (1986), colored pencil on vellum, 23 5/8 by 20 inches
— Tony Smith’s Untitled (1971), heavyweight paper, adhesive, and paint, 6 1/4 by 9 by 3 3/4 inches
— Sol LeWitt’s Untitled (1990), synthetic resin panels, adhesive, paint, and graphite, 12 by 8 3/8 by 5 1/2 inches
— Terry Winters’s Hand Line Reflection Method 15/100 (1995), ink on paper, 13 by 8 1/2 inches

And this is the artist list:

Stephen Antonakos
Will Barnet
Robert Barry
Lynda Benglis
Peggy Cyphers
Richard Francisco
Michael Goldberg
Don Hazlitt
Alain Kirili
Cheryl Laemmle
Ronnie Landfield
Sol LeWitt
Michael Lucero
Robert Mangold
Richard Nonas
Lucio Pozzi
Edda Renouf
Judy Rifka
Tony Smith
Daryl Trivieri
Richard Tuttle
Terry Winters

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The Vogels are so awesome.

Posted by Peter F | April 11, 2008 12:42 PM

Ditto. I wish the 60 Minutes feature on them, made after they promised most of their collection to the National Gallery, was online.

Congrats to SAM, this stuff will really complement their Anne Gerber collection holdings.

Posted by Eric F | April 11, 2008 1:22 PM

Sol LeWitt does zip for me.

Posted by max solomon | April 11, 2008 2:25 PM

You need to ask him more nicely.

The Vogels are indeed great. Cute, too. And they made their money the old fashioned way- by working, not inheriting it, or even making a product I can curse at when I use my computer.

Although they did tend to bargain hard, they actually bought work from artists, in artists studios, almost every time. No art consultant visiting Mary Boone for them.
They bought cheap, trusted their own taste, and bought against the prevailing conventional wisdom, while working as a mailman and a teacher.

How far can you get from the Art Basel, Eurotrash, Jetset Mindset?

Posted by Ries Niemi | April 11, 2008 3:02 PM

In response to Max Solomon:
Please let their be a wall drawing in SAM's future.

Posted by timothy wind | April 11, 2008 3:03 PM

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