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Postal worker leaves significant art collection


Recommended reading:

A nicely done obituary of Herbert Vogel that appears on the front page of Monday’s Washington Post. Vogel was a retired postal worker, who, along with his wife, acquired a very significant collection of modern art.

Herbert and Dorothy Vogel at home in New York City, from "Herb & Dorothy", an Arthouse Films Release, 2009. (Courtesy of Katsuyoshi Tanaka)

Post staff writer Matt Schudel writes: “Herb and Dorothy Vogel had three requirements in purchasing art: It had to be inexpensive; it had to be small enough to be carried on the subway or in a taxi; and it had to fit inside their one-bedroom apartment.”

Mr. Vogel left much of the collection to the National Gallery of Art. You can read the article at this link.

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