Charles Clough, Days of our Lives, 1980. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, gift from Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, in concert with the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institution of Museum and Library Services.
In 2009, Pérez Art Museum Miami (then Miami Art Museum) was one of 50 institutions in 50 states to receive a gift of 50 objects from the legendary collection of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel. The Vogels began purchasing art in the 1960s in New York, where they were among the first collectors to focus on Conceptual, Minimalist, and Post-Minimalist tendencies. Despite their modest means—Mrs. Vogel was a librarian and Mr. Vogel a post office worker—the couple amassed over 4,000 important works, developing strong personal relationships with artists such as Robert Barry, Sol LeWitt, Pat Steir and Richard Tuttle. This exhibition showcases this extraordinary couple’s generous donation, while providing a glimpse of their unique sensitivity to experimental artistic production.