Fifty Works for First State: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, on view from June 19 – August 29, 2010, celebrates a recent gift of art from the renowned collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel. Starting in the 1960s, the couple amassed an outstanding collection of more than 4,000 works, staying within a modest budget (he was a postal clerk and she was a librarian) and extraordinary space constraints (a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan). While they are particularly known for collecting the minimal and conceptual art of Sol LeWitt, Richard Tuttle, and Robert Barry, the Vogels also collected a wide range of post-minimal, figurative, and expressionist work produced between the 1960s and the 1990s.Untitled: Part 1 - Loren Calaway (Sculpture: wood, brass, cotton cloth and felt)
As part of the Fifty Works for Fifty States program, the Delaware Art Museum received drawings, paintings, sculptures, and collages by 23 artists: Stephen Antonakos, Will Barnett, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis, Loren Calaway, Michael Vinson Clark (Clark V. Fox), Charles Clough, Kathleen Cooke, Richard Francisco, Don Hazlitt, Stewart Hitch, Tom Holland, Martin Johnson, Ronnie Landfield, Robert Mangold, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Judy Rifka, Pat Steir, Donald Sultan, Daryl Trivieri, Richard Tuttle, and Joe Zucker.
Untitled: Study for Mother and Child Reading - Will Barnet (Drawing: charcoal on parchment paper)
Fifty Works for Fifty States was launched by the Vogels and the National Gallery of Art, with support the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This program is distributing 2,500 works from the Vogels’ collection of contemporary art throughout the nation, with 50 works going to a selected institution in each of the 50 states.