A personal experience: GumTree Museum features Vogel art collection

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service; she was a librarian; and you’re invited to take a look at their shared passion.
Dorothy and Herbert Vogel of New York lived on one salary and used the other to amass a collection of modern art that includes more than 4,000 objects.
They decided to share that work, thus was born “The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States.”
The Mississippi Museum of Art was the recipient of the Vogels gift to the Magnolia State, and those pieces are on loan to the GumTree Museum of Art in Tupelo until the end of October.
“The Vogels really like thought-provoking art work,” said Kit Stafford, museum director. “They like art work that has a major concept behind it. They like art work that challenges the viewer. It’s not your typical landscapes.”
The Vogels focused on contemporary minimalist art. “The Cleaners,” a piece by Mark Kostabi, could pass as an editorial cartoon: Figures pick up trash in the foreground, while factories billow smoke into the air in the background.
Richard Tuttle created work on four sheets of notebook paper that falls into that challenging category.
“That’s one of the hardest for them to wrap their heads around,” Stafford said. “Abstract art requires you to bring something of yourself and put it into the painting. It requires you to bring something to the table.”
In the course of collecting art, the Vogels made friends with the artists. They were known to discover an artist early in his or her career and stick with that person for years.
“Collecting is not just buying works of art, but it is also the whole experience of being part of the art world,” the Vogels said in a statement that accompanies the exhibit. “It means going to artists’ studios, openings, galleries, museums, and seeing, reading, talking and thinking about art every spare moment of the day.”
No one’s asking you to donate every spare moment of your day, but if you have time on your hands, drop by the museum before the end of the month.
“Art is so personal,” Stafford said. “It’s just like music or film or any other art form. Sometimes you don’t know why a piece grabs you or attracts you, it just does.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

M. SCOTT MORRIS / NEMS Daily Journal