Herbert Vogel, 89, built art collection with postal clerk’s salary

July 23, 2012 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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A postal worker who, along with his Brooklyn librarian wife, amassed an art collector of over 5,000 pieces has died at age 89.

Pieces from Herbert Vogel’s collection have been distributed to museums throughout the nation. National Gallery of Art spokeswoman Deborah Ziska says Vogel died Sunday of natural causes in New York.

Vogel was among the earliest collectors who championed minimal and conceptual art in the 1960s. He married Dorothy Faye Hoffman the daughter of an Orthodox Jewish stationery merchant in Elmira in 1962 and inspired her to join him in the art world.

They used his salary as a U.S. postal clerk to purchase art while living on what she earned as a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Earl Powell III is director of the National Gallery of Art. He says he will miss Vogel’s astute eye and wry sense of humor.

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