Neil Jenney The Collector (1999) Xerox on paper and graphite mounted on board.
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection. Courtesy UNLV Galleries at Marjorie Barrick Museum.
A reception on Friday will introduce results of impassioned collecting at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum. From The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection are contemporary works from the estate of New York postal clerk, Herbert Vogel, and his librarian wife, Dorothy. With modest means they amassed some 4,000 works then developed a program, the Vogel 50x50, to gift 50 works to an institution in each state. UNLV is the guardian for Nevada. From the NYTimes:
But the art was what came to matter most, and the Vogel collection grew into a guidepost for an often austere school of art that followed Abstract Expressionism’s long reign: Minimal Art, which often examined monochromatic surfaces and essential forms. It was nowhere near as popular as Pop Art, which drew its colorful imagery from consumer products and arose around the same time.
Some of those 50 pieces will be sharing opening night time with UNLV’s own "Recent Acquisitions," an exhibition of newly acquired works that show a range of contemporary art practices, and many by artists who have ties to the region. From UNLV:
We welcome the following artists to the Barrick and LVAM Collections: Rita Abbey, Jason Adkins, Phil Argent, Robert Beckmann, Erik Beehn, Mark Brandvik, Thomas Burke, Patricia Burns, Carole Caroompas, Kevin Chupik, Sam Davis, Jack Endewelt, Justin Favela, Sush Machida Gaikotsu, Daniel Habegger, Shawn Hummel, Angela Kallus, Danielle Kelly, Wendy Kveck, Brian Porray, Michael Reafsnyder, Javier Sanchez, David Sanchez-Burr, Marshall Scheuttle, Nicolas Shake, Brent Sommerhauser, Erin Stellmon, Rachel Stiff, John Stoelting , Marty Walsh, Yek, Brian Zimmerman."
Wendy Kveck Sister (2014) Detail: Oil, acrylic paint pen on canvas over panel. Courtesy UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum and Wendy Kveck.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.