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Clockwise From Top Right: Courtesy of Alexandre Gallery, All Rights Reserved, Estate of Will Barnet/Licensed by Vaga, New York; Cheryl Laemmle; Richard Tuttle, Courtesy of Pace Gallery; Lucio Pozzi; Steve Keister Richard Tuttle, Courtesy of Pace Gallery; Lucio Pozzi; Steve Keiste

Collecting and investing have eclipsed many other aspects of art, particularly in recent weeks as auction prices soared to absurd levels. When one work sells for $142.4 million, as a Francis Bacon triptych did this month, it prompts questions not only about the cultural and monetary value of art, but also about the unequal distribution of wealth and how such wealth is acquired in the first place. This is why the collectors, and not just the works, in “Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery” are important within the greater history of contemporary art.

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Martha Schwendener
New York Times

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