Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Collectors- Herb & Dorothy

According to Herbert and Dorothy Vogel you don't have to be a Medici or a Rockefeller to collect art.

The documentary film Herb & Dorothy tells the extraordinary story of Herb, a postal clerk, and Dorothy, a librarian - an ordinary couple of modest means who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.

Herb & Dorothy Trailor

In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Thirty years on, the Vogels managed to accumulate over 4,000 pieces, filling every corner of their living space from the bathroom to the kitchen. Their apartment was near collapse, holding way over its limit. Something had to be done. In 1992, the Vogels made headlines that shocked the art world: their entire collection was moved to the National Gallery of Art, the vast majority of it as an outright gift to the institution. Many of the works they acquired at modest prices appreciated so significantly that their collection became worth several million dollars, yet the Vogels never sold a single piece to breakdown the collection. The Vogels' discerning taste and magnanimity changed the face of contemporary art collecting. In 2007, James Stourton, the chairman of Sotheby's UK, included the Vogels in his acclaimed book, Great Collectors of Our Time: Art Collecting Since 1945. Stourton placed Herb and Dorothy among the top art collectors in the world, alongside Getty, Rockefeller and Mellon. While there are countless films that feature artists, there are few about art collectors. Herb and Dorothy provides a unique chronicle of the world of contemporary art from two unlikely collectors, whose shared passion and discipline defies stereotypes and redefines what it means to be a patron of the arts.

For more information and to see where this incredible film is playing please visit herbanddorothy.com



Oh, I'm dying to see this! It looks totally fascinating.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, today and for your thoughtful comments. I've actually been to Inoteca and dig it. Clearly we both have good taste in food!

Thanks again. See you again soon.

Lucinda said...

That was fabulous!

Marian said...

How wonderful, oh i hope it gets released here in the UK. Just wodnerful, amazing story. this inspires me to begin to collect art as Im so passionate about it.
thank you for sharing as i had not hard this honey

Dobbygirl said...

I've read an article about them - how cool! Just love this sort of thing!