January 9, 1992 |
Art Donors: A New York City couple who amassed a collection of 2,500 works by American artists using the husband's postal clerk wages have promised their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art. Dorothy Vogel, 56, a retired reference librarian, said she and her husband Herbert, a retired U.S. Postal Service worker, scrimped to buy the sculptures, paintings and drawings from then mostly unknown artists. "We lived on my salary and spent Herbert's," she told the Washington Post.
July 10, 2009 |
If Ripley's Believe It or Not! were still around, Herb and Dorothy Vogel would surely be in it for amassing a world-class art collection on the most ordinary of working-class salaries. "They are one of the biggest collectors of new art in New York City," says artist Lucio Pozzi, "and you would never believe it."
January 19, 1992
An art historian we know makes buying a work of art one of the requirements for her freshman introduction to art appreciation. The course is by no means for wealthy students only, and the purchase need not be made in an elegant gallery. An antique store will do, or a flea market, or some combination of the two. (Los Angeles, she says, is rich in combinations of the two.