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'Herb & Dorothy' Gives Me a Glimpse of a Glorious Future

Herb-and-dorothy-vogel-megumi-sasaki When I think of an ideal future for my husband and I it is this: That we'll remain in love, be interested as well as interesting, still hold hands when we take a walk and continue to create and appreciate art. In other words, I'd like to be Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a postal worker and a librarian living in a tiny, one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan who have managed to amass one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. The documentary of their life, Megumi Sasaki's Herb & Dorothy, was just released on DVD and it will be only the second DVD I've purchased for myself in five years.

Warning: Incredibly un-cynical, heart warming, inspiring love story up ahead.

The Vogels started their collection in the early 1960's when Minimalist and Conceptual Art was largely being ignored. Using all of Herb's salary and living on Dorothy's paycheck, they purchased only artwork that fit two criteria: the piece had to be affordable, and had to be small enough to fit in their apartment. After 30 years of this shared passion and unconventional method of buying, the Vogels have an eclectic, personal collection of over 2,000 pieces that is now worth millions of dollars. Many of the artists they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists including Christo, Julian Schnabel, Chuck Close, and Lucio Pozzi.

With every major museum in the country vying for their collection, the Vogels surprised the art world by transferring a majority of their pieces to the National Gallery of Art. The couple visited the National Gallery on their 1962 honeymoon, and Dorothy says, "It's where I got my first art lesson." Also, both being former government workers, they like the idea of sharing their beloved collection with the American people; the museum doesn't sell its art and anyone can see it for free.

Herb and Dorothy, still very much in love, live in the same art-filled, cramped apartment they share with their pet turtles, fish and cat.

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sweatpantsmom is filled with uncharacteristically rosy hopes for the future.







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mouthy_broad

that is a very sweet story. thank you.

Amanda

I've had the pleasure of meeting them. They're incredibly nice. Good people, those Vogels...

indycitygirl

This warms the cockles of my heart ;)




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