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Topic - Deborah Ziska
Herbert Vogel, an art collector who amassed over 5,000 works despite a modest income, has died at age 89.
The National Gallery of Art, the target of two vandalism attempts by the same attacker in recent months, is planning a thorough re-evaluation and upgrade of its security arrangements aimed at making what it calls "enhancements" to the protection of its treasured collection of 120,000 artworks.
Officials at the National Gallery of Art say a painting by Paul Gauguin (goh-GAHN) is being inspected for damage after it was attacked by a visitor.
In an email to The Washington Times, Deborah Ziska, the gallery's chief of press and public information, said the assessment was part of "an ongoing effort" and that "there is no direct correlation between the FY 2012 budget request and these incidents."
It was the first documented case of someone trying to deface a painting at the gallery since the 1970s, spokeswoman Deborah Ziska said.