We just love the story of this sweet couple, a New York City postal clerk and his wife, a librarian, who throughout their humble life were able to build a legendary contemporary art collection. They collected nearly 5000 artworks from 1962-1991, at which point they donated most of it to the National Gallery in Washington. In addition, they created 50 collections of 50 pieces for each of the 50 states. You can now view our state’s collection at The Seattle Art Museum.

The Vogels discovered many artists before they made it big. Their one rule of collecting: “Buy what you love.” To learn more about the Vogels visit here. There has even been a documentary made of their fascinating life.

Seattle Art Museum
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection
Fifty Works for Fifty States
March-October, 2013

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