Parenthood can forge paths to new and unexpected places.
Through their youngest son’s artistic interests, Claire and Brian Gogel discovered a new world.
“His creativity sparked our journey into art collecting,” enthuses Claire. Art classes developed his particular appreciation of Pop Art, leading the family to museum visits domestically and internationally.
Claire explains, “We began collecting as a result of wanting to understand the art world and [to be able to] guide him as parents.”
Over the past few years, the Gogels have amassed a collection reflecting the current cultural moment and its celebration of diversity.
Visits to the 2017 Whitney Biennial and, later that year, to Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Tate Modern served as early inspirations.
It also introduced the Gogels to the work of Henry Taylor and Deana Lawson, both of whom are now represented in their collection. From these experiences, they were moved by the power of art to address social issues.
It made a lasting impact that continues to guide their collecting, focusing them on the work of female artists and artists of color.
The first work the Gogels acquired was a painting by Jochen Klein, the late German artist who died from AIDS.
This moody abstracted depiction of the English Garden in Munich first attracted the Gogels for its aesthetics.
They soon discovered that the garden served as a protest site for LGBT equality and that it was of particular significance to Klein.
“Our first acquisition cemented the importance of an artist’s story as a factor in our decision to acquire a piece,” says Claire.
They are guided in their collecting by the Dallas-born, New York–based art advisor Anne Bruder.
Claire credits Bruder with sharpening their eye and introducing them to work that supports their vision.
“Anne does an outstanding job of focusing our collection to reach the essence of what’s most important to us,” she explains.
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