Thursday, May 01, 2008
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[image from the National Gallery of Art press web site]
I kept hearing rumors of an announcement earlier in April that I finally tracked down some info on. Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, two well known and generous collectors from New York, have begun an initiative called 50 works for 50 states. They will be gifting 2500 art works they have collected over the years, many of which are works on paper, to art museums in all 50 states. At this time the first ten museums have have been announced and YES the IMA is one of them.
Gifts will be made to ten institutions in the spring of 2008: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Speed Art Museum, Louisville; the New Orleans Museum of Art; Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge; The Montclair Art Museum, NJ; the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin; and the Seattle Art Museum.
This is exciting. The anticipation, like that of a kid at Christmas. What shall the IMA be bestowed with? While at this time, I do not have this information, I will be sure to let everyone know once it is announced.
The best-known aspect of the Vogels’ collecting focus is minimal and conceptual art, but the donations as a group encompass numerous directions explored by more than 170 contemporary artists, including Will Barnet (b. 1911), Robert Barry (b. 1936), Lynda Benglis (b. 1941), Dan Graham (b. 1942), Sol LeWitt (1928–2007), Robert Mangold (b. 1937), Sylvia Plimack Mangold (b. 1938), Edda Renouf (b. 1943), Pat Steir (b. 1940), and Richard Tuttle (b. 1941).
I for one am hoping to see a Lynda Bengalis and a Richard Tuttle find its way into the IMA collection, though I am sure whatever we are gifted will be much appreciated by all. To the Herbert and Dorothy, thank you for your generosity.
More on the Vogels and their Donations: