Designer, Lithographer, Muralist
The following essay is taken directly from D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc., and was provided to us at the time we purchased Vogel's Pittsburgh piece: Joseph Vogel (1911-1998) Joseph Vogel was born in Poland in 1911. His family emigrated to the United States and New York City when Joseph was 16 in 1927. His art education took place both at the Art Student's League and at the National Academy of Design where he studied under Leon Kroll. Later he was able to study at both the Academie Julian and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, where his teacher was Fernand Leger. Between 1934 and 1935 Vogel and Louis Block assisted Ben Shahn (1898-1969) on a WPA mural project at Riker's Island. Joseph Vogel joined the graphic division of the WPA/FAP in the fall of 1935. This government program for artists gave the artist an income, placed him in direct contact with an aucience and provided facilities that enabled him to experiment freely. Vogel created lithographs which were given to numerous University art museums through the WPA/FAP project. He worked in the graphic division until 1941. Joseph Vogel's first one man show was in 1938 at the New School for Social Research. He was a member of the New York Society of Mural Painters and the Union of American Artists. He exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1938 and 1941. In 1942 Vogeljoined the US Army Signal Corps and in 1943he served as a combat cameraman in Europe. After the Allied Victory, Vogel went to the Philippines and Japan as a combat artist. At the end of the War, Vogel moved to Los Angeles. There he taught documentary filmmaking at the University of Southern California, continued to work as an artist and teaching art at the Chouinard Arts Institute. Vogel also tried his hand as a filmmaker and wrote television scripts. Vogel had numberous one man and group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Mexico before he died in 1998.