Herbert Vogel, a well renowned art collector who possessed over 5,000 works despite his modest income, has died at the age of 89.
Pieces from Vogel’s collection have been distributed to museums throughout the United States. A National Gallery of Art spokesperson, Deborah Ziska, reports that Vogel died Sunday of natural causes in New York City.
Vogel was one of the earliest collectors who campaigned in support of minimal and conceptual art in the 1960s. He married Dorothy Faye Hoffman in 1962 and inspired her to join him in the art world. They used his salary as a U.S. postal clerk to purchase art while living on what she earned as a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.