Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Vogel's to Donate to the IMA

[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:

NGA Press
Vogel 50/50

9 Responses to “The Vogel's to Donate to the IMA”

Anonymous said...
May 1, 2008 at 9:35 PM

I am excited to see new art at the IMA! It seems like a major honor.......we are now on the map!

Anonymous said...
May 5, 2008 at 3:14 PM

What map are you looking at?
We are far from being on it

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Anonymous said...
May 11, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Sad to see what has happened to the Irwin Miller home collection. An absolutely splendid impressionist collection that was in Columbus Indiana and is now being disbanded and sold at auction. Estate taxes seem to be the reason. If over half the money is going to pay taxes, as an article from a London paper says, it seems that the rational act would have made provisions for the art to been put in a museum.

james wille faust said...
May 12, 2008 at 11:34 AM

I was saddened to hear that the Irwin Miller Home Collection is being dismantled and sold for tax reasons. The collections of art in Indiana " which are few" should have stayed in Indiana.

Anonymous said...
May 13, 2008 at 8:10 AM

Here is a link to a picture

This is another link with a description of events

Barbara said...
May 14, 2008 at 1:30 PM

The Vogel gift pieces will go on display at the IMA this winter, so I've been told.

Cause for a party?! Perhaps with a "can you guess in advance what we'll get?" prize? I haven't seen the list of potential items, but it would be interesting to know just how the NGA will decide who gets what. (For example, will things be gifted in logical groupings to museums with strong holdings in those areas or in a "one of each" distribution?)

FYI: My art appreciation students this spring were blown away by the idea that anyone would give away even one work of art, much less 2,500. They just couldn't wrap their heads around the idea of the Vogels' generosity. Personally, I think it's awe-inspiring.

Scott said...
May 14, 2008 at 2:15 PM

I have been meaning to post this information for over a week now, but I have been able to obtain some more information on some of the artists whose works we will acquire.

Indianapolis Museum of Art:
Stephen Antonakos,
Will Barnet,
Robert Barry,
Lynda Benglis,
James Bishop,
Loren Calaway,
Michael Clark (Clark Fox),
Charles Clough,
Richard Francisco,
Jon Gibson,
Michael Goldberg,
Don Hazlitt,
Stewart Hitch,
Steve Keister,
Ronnie Landfield,
Robert Mangold,
Elizabeth Murray,
Lucio Pozzi,
David Rabinowitch,
Edda Renouf,
Judy Rifka,
Daryl Trivieri,
Richard Tuttle

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