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A Gift to the Nation — Tables, Chairs, a Priceless Legacy of Art

Posted on 10/8/2012 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

EntertainmentLinda Kaufman, and her late husband George Kaufman grew up in Norfolk, Va. So did their parents. The Kaufmans developed a passion for collecting early American furniture of the 18th and early 19th centuries, much of which she has promised to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Kaufman modestly calls her collection  “some tables and chairs” but the National Gallery of Art, which will house and display them, brags that the pieces comprise “one of the largest …

Herbert Vogel: The Mail Clerk Who Loved — and Lived for — Modern Art

Posted on 07/23/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyThe term “art collector” conjures up the image of a billionaire industrialist, decorating the walls of his mansion with Van Goghs and Picassos. You’re less likely to think of a postal worker whose tiny rent-controlled Manhattan apartment was crammed with edgy, visionary post-World War II minimalist and conceptual works, much of it purchased inexpensively from the era’s great artists back when they were still unknowns. Herbert Vogel, who passed away yesterday at age 89 in New York City, may not …