Monday, July 23, 2012

Farewell Herbert Vogel, husband; cat owner; postal clerk; contemporary art collector.

More than any other living collector(s), Herbert and Dorothy Vogel's fine example not only encouraged me to buy difficult works by artists I admired, but also served as a useful counterpoint to the sometimes widely disseminated notion that contemporary art collecting is a activity only pursued by the 1%.

The Vogels, along with other idiosyncratic autodidacts like Donald Judd, Ian Wallace, and Dan Graham, convinced me early on that contemporary art is a field in which one can participate in multiple ways, sometimes simultaneously, however much that might confuse or upset people used to more straightforward labor/class divisions.  Thus, multiple hyphenation, eg., critic/curator/bookseller/photographer.  And as Ed Ruscha might add, & etc.

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