Herb and Dorothy

Herb and Dorothy

DVD - 2009
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Tells the story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Arthouse Films ; distributed by New Video Group, [2009]
ISBN: 9781422972700
Branch Call Number: DVD 709.04 Herb
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 87 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 10, 2019

Herb & Dorothy Vogel are an endearing art amassing couple who live in a small, cramped NYC apartment packed to the rafters with their collection. Even more remarkable is their seemingly humble background or otherwise “normalness.” Although they hobnob with the art worlds’ most famous citizens, they are not wealthy or born into famous families.

Dorothy was a librarian and Herb was a postal worker. They collected minimalist and conceptual art before it became popular and rather than selling their massive collection (over 4000 pieces, worth millions of dollars) they donated all of it! They continue to collect art and never miss a gallery opening. They are personal acquaintances with hundreds of artists (including Christo and Chuck Close who both appear in this film) with whom they personally visit and select their favorite pieces.

kevfarley Oct 10, 2015

Charming and informative.

Sep 27, 2013

What does it mean to be an art collector? To Herb and Dorothy Vogel it means they have to like the art, and it has to fit inside their teeny NYC apartment.

Feb 05, 2013

A wonderful film about the most humble and lovable art collectors - Herb and Dorothy.

Aug 14, 2012

Everyday kind of people who have nevertheless lived absolutely extraordinary lives.


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