Herb & Dorothy


Herb & Dorothy

Critics Consensus

While perhaps not as probing as it could have been, Megumi Sasaki's languidly paced documentary is as entertaining as it is inspiring.



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The film takes a close look at the historical gift project by the legendary art collector couple, Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, and its impact on art communities around America. Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, a former postal clerk and a librarian, built a world-class collection of Minimal and Conceptual Art with their modest salaries. Over 2000 works were packed into their small NYC apartment, but they never sold a piece for profit. In 1992, they decided to transfer the entire collection to the National Gallery of Art, making headlines worldwide. (c) Fine Line

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Critic Reviews for Herb & Dorothy

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (15)

  • The movie gives us an eyeful, but the unexamined irony is that the nice old couple can't sell the rest of us on why it's good.

    Oct 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • Sasaki balances her subjects' yarns with insights into the cultural moment that shaped them and vice-versa, in particular the shift from abstract expressionism to the sparer gestures of minimalist and conceptual art.

    Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • If Ripley's Believe It or Not! were still around, Herb and Dorothy Vogel would surely be in it for amassing a world-class art collection on the most ordinary of working-class salaries.

    Jul 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Herb and Dorothy, a documentary by Megumi Sasaki, grows on you just as its subjects do.

    Jul 9, 2009 | Full Review…
  • It's impossible to leave this movie believing that the Vogels are weirdos or naifs. A wealth of artists and curators testify to their strong eye, unwavering enthusiasm, and clear judgment.

    Jul 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • You can't hate the film anymore than you can hate Herb and Dorothy. But this is lazy work.

    Jul 2, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Herb & Dorothy

  • Dec 26, 2010
    a quirky doc about a new york couple who amassed one of the most impressive collections of contemporary art in america, on the salaries of a librarian and a postal worker. the vogels were compulsive collectors who filled every inch of their small apartment with works purchased from artists they found interesting, before anyone else found them interesting. i had to wonder how they kept their numerous cats from destroying any of their precious works. it's a good thing they never had children! blessed with a good eye and a passion for art, the vogels, once frustrated painters themselves, never dreamed of selling even a single piece, eventually donating it all to the national gallery in washington, so the collection could remain intact and as a gift to the american people. after all, they were public employees all their working lives. they're an adorable couple and much beloved in the new york art world. and they visit their collection once a year.
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