Avid collectors of fine art, folk art, and modern design, Robert and Ruth Vogele amassed an impressive selection of works throughout their sixty-plus years of marriage. More than patrons, the Vogeles believed in establishing personal relationships with artists to better understand the artwork and inform their collecting. Robert said “art enriches life” and this April, Wright is pleased to present a selection of works that do just that.

The Robert and Ruth Vogele Collection will take place on April 25 at 12 pm central. Wright will host an evening reception on Tuesday, April 23rd, 5–7 pm.

Selections from the Collection

The very act of living requires creative decisions everyday. How we design our lives…our personal vision…sets in motion a series of events ever-unfolding, ever-challenging, ever-changing. To design a life is to find what you believe in, what you aspire to be and what you want your legacy to be. It is proactive acts we intentionally use to define ourselves in relationships to others. A life in Design.

Robert Vogele

Living with Art

“Ruth and I have developed a passion for meeting artists, collecting their art and living with art since we were first married in 1952. Knowing the artist makes every work of art more special. This has been true whether it is contemporary prints, paintings or sculpture, Southwestern pottery and weavings, or self-taught folk art. We also have enjoyed sharing our collection with others, whether it be through an exhibition or a gift to museums or college art collections.” 

Whether it was in their home in Western Springs, the loft on Printers Row, a sprawling desert oasis in Phoenix or in the offices of RVI, the Vogeles surrounded themselves with the things that that they loved.

A Life in Design

Vogele (right) as the co-art directory of the University of Illinois yearbook, 1949-50

Throughout his fifty years as a designer, Robert Vogele founded two of Chicago’s most significant design consultancies and one of the largest firms in the nation. Born in 1928, Vogele exhibited a natural talent for drawing early on. At the University of Illinois, he flourished, securing degrees in communications, fine art and business while working as assistant art director for the press department. Upon completing his military service in 1956, Vogele accepted a position as the director of graphics, packaging and corporate identity at Lathan, Tyler and Jensen—a firm that grew out of Raymond Loewey’s Chicago office when it closed in 1954. Dick Lathan, Vogele’s mentor at LTJ, stressed innovation and taught the importance of a unified visual identity, a concept that would become the cornerstone of Vogele’s burgeoning career.

Art and design have been calling me all of my life and I would like to believe that I’ve answered back.

Robert Vogele

The Robert and Ruth Vogele Collection

For more information about
this sale, please contact:

312 563 0020

18 – 25 April 2019
10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday

25 April 2019
12 pm central