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Herb & Dorothy Reviews

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½ May 20, 2016
Brilliant bio.....what a fantastic life!!!!
August 22, 2015
They didn't think that their collection is investment. They often bought works of artist before they became famous. They thought growth of artists is more important than completeness of their works. They kept in touch with the artists after buying their works. Artists sometimes sold their works at discount price because the artists knew that Herb and Dorothy were not rich.
It is amazing that Herb and Dorothy just collected works they like without selling any of them for interests. It's also remarkable that they enjoyed interaction with the artists. Their collection became so big that many museums paid attention to it. Finally they had problem in keeping the works in their apartment and donated them to National Museum. There was no hesitation because they were government worker and their collection was not their investment to get return. They fully enjoyed their collection and they can still enjoy the exhibits free of charge after donation.
Herb passed away in 2014 and Dorothy stopped buying collection because she thought it's meaningless to do it without Herb. What a wonderful life they had!
½ March 20, 2014
A truly unbelievable story.
September 6, 2013
I wonder how many more Herb and Dorthy's there are around the word!
½ March 25, 2013
A not-so wonderful documentary on the wonderful couple, pushing a wonderful theme
½ February 24, 2013
This is a great documentary about art and art collecting that takes place outside of the soulless machine that is the New York-created Art Scene. Somehow, this couple manages to exist alongside "the scene," choosing to focus on art and artists rather than on art as a commodity. One could say they are "in" the scene, but not "of" it. Not only does this documentary have a message to give about art being for art's sake, Herb and Dorothy present a wonderful example of a lasting marriage that draws upon its strength to give back to the world. They remind me of Vonnegut's karass of two. This documentary is about their wampeter.
February 22, 2013
Great documentary if you like NYC A couple of eccentric art collectors held my interest throught this film.
October 24, 2012
An interesting and reassuring documentary about dedication, about a couple whose single minded devotion to enjoying and understanding art helped create a massive collection of art that is now freely available for the masses to enjoy. The documentary balances story telling with a panoply of their collection as well as curious interactions with artists. The film makes you stop and think about what the word 'ordinary' really means - Dorothy's comment on why they chose to give their collection to NGA is a very interesting insight into their democratic approach to art.
June 7, 2012
Great movie. Comprehensive. And fun.
March 1, 2012
awesome doc they have an asthetic eye-makes me envious.
January 24, 2012
A must see for all art lovers! The Vogels are just plain beautiful people.
January 9, 2012
Charmed by their story. Champions for a simple lifestyle
November 3, 2011
This was a very well done documentary about the most unlikely of art collectors. Very charming and enjoyable.
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½ August 12, 2011
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.
August 11, 2011
A wonderful documentary about a pair of art lovers who turn their passion into a seminal collection of contemporary art, while living on a modest income (he is a postal worker and she is a librarian) with their cats, fish, and turtles. They accumulate more than 3500 pieces which are hung, stacked, and stuffed into their one-bedroom New York apartment. My favorite part: They give most of their collection to the National Gallery, which provides them with an annuity as a thank-you. Instead of using the funds to pay for furniture (which they now have room for since most of the art has been relocated) or travel, or even health care, they buy more art! A charming couple and a charming, inspiring movie.
½ May 4, 2011
Fascinating and inspiring film about the most unlikely of art collectors: a postal worker who never finished high school and a librarian living on modest salaries in a cramped NYC apt. Herb & Dorothy Vogel slowly and painstakingly amassed a world-class modern art collection that is now housed in the Natl Gallery. While their collecting verges on hoarding and you may not share their taste, it's impossible not to be in awe of their passion.
March 24, 2011
Shows that you can be a philanthropist on a modest income. While I didn't agree with all of their artistic choices, I was somehow mesmerized watching this couple's unique & undying love for art unfold over a 50 year period.
March 12, 2011
Great movie. Comprehensive. And fun.
February 16, 2011
Obsessive compulsive avant garde working class art hoarders. Very endearing story.
½ February 13, 2011
Interesting to see how they enjoy modern art. Art eco-system as well. Made me realize that NY is so special. Also a good introduction to modern art but not perfect as a film. I guess I wanted something more dramatic.
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