Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Art Blog: Herb and Dorothy

Can you imagine our world if there were more people like Herb and Dorothy Vogel? Their entire lives have been devoted to supporting art and artists. They are not rich people. In fact, Herb worked much of his life at the post office. Dorothy was a librarian. In the movie, “Herb and Dorothy”, she tells of how they paid the bills with her paycheck and they saved Herb’s salary to buy art. Over the decades, they amassed a huge collection of contemporary art.

I think the most interesting part of their story is they never took advantage of the art or artists. During the art boom of the 80’s, it would have been so easy for them to pack some of their stuff up, auction it off, and live the high life. They did not. Instead, they took their job as “caretakers” of the cultural treasures even so far as to cover some work hanging in their one bedroom apartment with blankets. They didn’t want to take the chance of anything to get faded or damaged by light. In fact, they never sold any of the work. They are now in the process of GIVING it away to the National Gallery of Art.
It is rare to find people who are just as passionate about art as artists can be. They are such phenomenal people. They are like art “patron” saints.

If you get the chance, try to see the movie “Herb and Dorothy”. The video gives you the opportunity to feel the NY art scene over past decades. Also while watching the Vogel’s going to openings, studios, or sitting at their kitchen table, you realize they are not only wonderful art collectors, they seem to be such delightful human beings.
We need more people like this in the world!

“Herb and Dorothy”
Arthouse Films
Click pic to see movie trailer


gilda said...

thanks Sheree! I ordered a copy, and posted a link to the info on the film on my Facebook page.

Sheree Rensel said...

Gilda, When you watch this video, you will be in ART heaven. It is so perfect and altruistic. I love Herb and Dorothy so much. It is like a fairy tale. If only the world could be full of people like them.

LOVE THIS VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!