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Dorothy and Herbert Vogel papers, 1960s-2009

Vogel, Dorothy, 1935-

Collector, Librarian

Collection Information

Size: 47.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of contemporary art collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel measure 47.5 linear feet and date from the 1960s to 2009. Found is scattered general correspondence, artists' files, subject files, business records, and printed material relating to the Vogel Collection. Artists' and subject files create the bulk of the collection, the majority of which is printed material but includes some correspondence from artists.
Scattered general correspondence is with friends, acquaintances, and corporate entities.
Files for artists' represented in the Vogel Collection include Carl Andre, Stephen Antonakos, Richard Artschwager, Alice Aycock, Will Barnet, Mel Bochner, Andre Cadere, Ann Chernow, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Peggy Cyphers, Claudia DeMonte, Richard Francisco, Dan Graham, Jan Groth, Don Hazlitt, Jene Highstein, On Kawara, Sol Lewitt, Sylvia and Robert Mangold, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Robert Ryman, Barbara Schultz, Lori Taschler, Richard Tuttle, and Lynn Umlauf among many others. Materials within artists' files may include printed material, correspondence, writings and notes, and scattered business records.
Subject files are found for Dorothy and Herbert Vogel's friends and colleagues within the art world including art historians, writers, gallerists, dealers, and collectors. Extensive letters are from Sandy Seawright and Bernadine Tabler. Exhibition related materials are found among the files.
Scattered business records of the Vogel Collection primarily document exhibitions of the collection at U.S. institutions and at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld Museum in Germany.
Printed materials include clippings, posters, and exhibition catalogs and announcements.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dorothy (1935- ) and Herbert Vogel (1922-2012) were contemporary art collectors in New York, New York. Dorothy was a librarian and Herbert was a postal clerk in New York. The couple, working out their modest one bedroom apartment in New York, bought and collected contemporary art for over 45 years, resulting in an extensive art collection.

Provenance

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel donated their papers in several accretions from 1980 to 2009.

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Funding

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 2435: Originals returned to the lenders, Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, after microfilming.