You Don’t Have to be a Rockefeller to Collect Art

If  you have not seen “Herb and Dorothy” yet, take the day off and go to the movies today! This is inspiring for artists and collectors alike. It is a love story for art. I love this movie!

The Trailer Synopsis:
HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb’s salary to purchase art they liked, and living on Dorothy’s paycheck alone, they continued collecting artworks guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Within these limitations, they proved themselves curatorial visionaries.

After thirty years of meticulous collecting and buying, the Vogels managed to accumulate over 2,000 pieces, filling every corner of their tiny one bedroom apartment. In 1992, the Vogels decided to move their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Many of the works they acquired appreciated so significantly over the years that their collection today is worth millions of dollars. Still, the Vogels never sold a single piece. Today, Herb and Dorothy still live in the same apartment in New York with 19 turtles, lots of fish, and one cat. They’ve refilled it with piles of new art they’ve acquired. HERB & DOROTHY is directed by first time filmmaker Megumi Sasaki.

One Response to You Don’t Have to be a Rockefeller to Collect Art

  1. Sue Rostvold June 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    I don’t know where I’ve been, but I wasn’t aware of this movie. It looks wonderful, and sweet. Thanks for posting Cheryl.