Bowdoin College Museum of Art announced on Friday that it has acquired 320 works from the holdings of renowned collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel. The gift includes works by roughly 70 artists, including iconic modern and contemporary artists like Pat Steir, Richard Tuttle, and Julian Schnabel, many of which the Vogels lived with. The gift also includes paintings by the Vogels themselves. The donation is one of the largest contributions from the Vogel collection since 1992, when the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. acquired a sizable chunk of work the Vogels collected.
“This donation represents a true highlight in the giving of our collection,” Dorothy Vogel said in a statement. “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.”
The couple, who were featured in the great 2008 documentary “Herb & Dorothy,” began collecting early on in their marriage (they bought a ceramic work by Picasso to toast their engagement) and continued collecting throughout their lives together (Herbert died in 2012). Together they acquired over 4,782 works, which they both displayed in their apartment and stored around their modest Upper East Side apartment.
“Having encountered the Vogel Collection ourselves as graduate students for the first time in the mid-1990s when an exhibition of selections from it was shown at the University of Texas at Austin,” said Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in a statement, “we recognize the enormous power of exposure to art to shape the sensibilities and even the lives of students.”
We look forward to seeing the acquisition. But until then, here are a few of the newly gifted pieces.
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