Herb & Dorothy- An Artsy Pair
Herbert Vogel (a postal worker) and his wife Dorothy (a librarian) managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections all on a very modest budget. From the early 60′s, the pair started buying pieces of Minimalist and Conceptual Art from little known artists. They were able to afford these purchases by living on Dorothy’s salary and using Herb’s for the art purchases. Not only did they purchase art from little known artists, they befriended them as well making life long friendships.
Collecting over 2,000 pieces, their New York City apartment could not house all of their art collection. In 1992 they decided to donate a vast majority of their art to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
In 2008, the couple started a foundation called “Fifty Works For Fifty States”. They donated 2,500 pieces of art to 50 galleries in 50 states. Their collection had appreciated in value well into the millions. Amazing for a couple of modest beginnings.
Their love and appreciation of art is well depicted in this wonderful documentary, “Herb & Dorothy”.
Herb & Dorothy exemplify true art lovers and their appreciation for the craft was a life long passion. They stayed loyal to the artists they collected and never cared about making a profit.
Sadly, on July 22, 2012, Herb passed away at age 89.
Mr & Mrs Vogel have shown us what true appreciation for something you love is all about.