Five-Year-Old has Second Show in Chelsea

Five-Year-Old Art Prodigy has Second Show in Chelsea

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Remembering Herb Vogel

Herbert Vogel, one of the greatest art collectors in history, died this past Sunday, July 22nd, at the age of 89.

Mr. Vogel was only a mailman when he and his wife Dorothy, a librarian, started collecting minimalist and conceptual works in the early 1960s.

According to the Washington Post,

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.

By 1992, the couple had amassed nearly 2,500 pieces of art by names like Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, and Mangold, using only their modest salaries. The couple used Dorothy’s income to cover their living expenses and Herb’s income to buy art.

That same year, the Vogels bequeathed nearly their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. More recently in 2008, the Vogels joined forces with the museum in DC and the National Endowment for the Arts to launch “Fifty Works for Fifty States,” which distributes thousands of works from their collection to museums all over the country.

In an interview with The Art Newspaper, the Vogels admitted that they did not think it would be possible for a mailman and librarian to start a museum collection the way they did, because of changes in the market. Now, as Mr. Vogel told the Newspaper, “The whole market is about money,” he said. “Art has become a commodity.”

You can learn more about the couple by watching Herb & Dorothy, a documentary about their life and collection. See the trailer below:

how are the acoustics in Washington Square Park?

Just ask the man who somehow lugged his 500-lbs grand piano to the popular downtown park where he is currently playing a Brahms Hungarian Dance for a diverse audience of music-lovers, photographers, NYU kids and a few high-brow homeless guys. Some were drawn by sight (a grand piano in the center of a park once famous for its crack and sketchy chess tournaments), others were drawn by the sound.

The first piece I heard the park pianoman play was Chopin’s Nocturne in E-Flat, enough to draw my curious mind to the source.

If I were a better journalist I would write an article about this one, but I’d rather enjoy the music for now.

It’s all yours, New York magazine.

100 Caravaggios

 Italian art historians claim to have found 100 Caravaggio works. According to the the Telegraph, “The sketches and paintings, if proved to be authentic, would be worth an estimated 700 million euros (£560 million).” 

For some reason, I don’t believe it. I don’t know why, but I just don’t believe these works are by Caravaggio. All I have as explanation is my instinct. But, if you read BLINK by Malcolm Gladwell, you might have a better understanding of how instinct plays an important role in these discoveries. The book begins with a story about the Getty Museum, a fake Kouros, and a couple of different reactions from major figures in the art world. Turns out, those who had provided only instinct as evidence were right. 

My instinct tells me something is wrong with this picture, or these 100 pictures. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.

A Gamma-Ray Burst as Music

Now, I’ve been writing about “culture” for a while, but this incredible symphony needs no review. Watch the video below, courtesy of Universe Today (hey Universe! if you’re hiring…)

A Gamma-Ray Burst as Music.