By Erica Bruenlin.21.Jan.2010.The Marquette Tribune.
You could say that Herbert and Dorothy Vogel are somewhat ordinary people. The elderly couple live ordinary lives in an ordinary apartment overlooking New York City where both worked ordinary jobs before they retired.
But a love of art, coupled with a passion for collecting, ventured their lives out of the ordinary and launched them into the national limelight. After pouring their modest earnings into the works of up-and-coming artists, the couple gathered over 4,000 pieces.
Some of the pieces, which were once displayed only in their compact one-bedroom apartment, are now on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum in the exhibit “Fifty Works for Fifty States: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection.”
All of the couple’s collecting was financed on 88-year-old Herbert’s modest income as a postal worker, while 75-year-old Dorothy’s earnings as a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library covered the bulk of their living expenses.
Postminimalist artist and friend to the Vogels, Richard Tuttle, once described their story as something “like a fairy tale.”