Via Michael Arcega:
Howard Vogel: postal worker by night (shift), art collector by day.
Just read about the amazing life of Howard Vogel (Matt Schudel, “Herbert Vogel, unlikely art collector and benefactor of National Gallery, dies at 89,” Washington Post, July 22, 2012). He and his wife, Dorothy, lived modestly in a NYC apartment and collected amazing works by Chuck Close, Richard Tuttle, Sol Lewitt, and many more.
The obituary characterizes couple as letting their passion for art shape their lives, despite the draw of the riches and luxuries that would have been theirs with a few choice sales from their collection. Instead, they chose to share their collection to the National Gallery of Art, where the couple viewed art decades ago, and where admission fees are never charged.