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Montclair Art Museum Presents Living for Art: The Dorothy & Herbert Vogel Collection

The Montclair Art Museum presents Living for Art: The Dorothy & Herbert Vogel Collection, open September 24, 2010 – January 2, 2011.

This exhibition will feature 50 gifts of Minimal and Conceptual art the Museum recently received as part of the National Gallery of Art’s Fifty Works for Fifty States initiative, for which MAM was the sole New Jersey state recipient. With the assistance of the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, lifelong collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel launched a national gifts program distributing 2,500 works from the Vogels’ collection of contemporary art throughout the nation, with 50 works going to a selected art institution in each of the 50 states.

The best-known aspects of the Vogel Collection are minimal and conceptual art, but these donations also explore numerous directions of the post-minimalist period, including works of a figurative and expressionist nature. Primarily a collection of drawings, the 2,500 Vogel donations also include paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints by more than 170 contemporary artists, mainly working in the United States. MAM’s collection includes works by Stephen Antonakos (b. 1926), Will Barnet (b. 1911), Robert Barry (b. 1936), Lynda Benglis (b. 1941), Bill Jensen (b. 1945), Edda Renouf (b. 1943), and Richard Tuttle (b. 1941). At MAM, this exhibition will explore the themes of philanthropy and collecting.

Image: Mask, Montclair Art Museum

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) collects, preserves, and presents American and Native American art. Its innovative exhibitions and educational programs interpret and explore relationships between these two evolving artistic traditions. The Museum’s exhibitions offer groundbreaking scholarship, fresh thematic approaches, first-time presentations of under-recognized artists, examinations of little-known aspects of major artists’ careers, and an ongoing commitment to the artists and culture of New Jersey. MAM’s Yard School of Art offers comprehensive courses for children, youth, adults, seniors, and professional artists. The Museum collaborates with numerous cultural and community partners to inspire creativity and a deeper understanding of America’s unique diversity.

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