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Herb & Dorothy (2008)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary, Biography  |  13 November 2010 (Japan)
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Herb and Dorothy Vogel redefine what it means to be an art collector.

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Paula Antebi ...
Herself - Herb's Sister
Will Barnet ...
Himself - Artist
Robert Barry ...
Himself - Artist
Lynda Benglis ...
Herself - Artist
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Himself - Mayor of New York City (archive footage)
Christo and Jeanne-Claude ...
Themselves - Artists
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Himself - Artist
Jack Cowart ...
Himself - Director, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
Molly Donovan ...
Herself - Curator, National Gallery of Art
Carole Hoffman ...
Herself - Dorothy's Sister-in-Law
Sidney S. Hoffman ...
Himself - Dorothy's Brother
Sol LeWitt ...
Himself - Artist (archive footage)
Joe Libonati ...
Himself - Postal Worker
Robert Mangold ...
Himself - Artist
Sylvia Mangold ...
Herself - Artist (as Sylvia Plimack Mangold)
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He was a postal clerk. She was a librarian. With their modest means, the couple managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. Meet Herb and Dorothy Vogel, whose shared passion and discipline have defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector. Written by Anonymous

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Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude created an installation art project called "The Gates" in Central Park, Manhattan in February 2005. The art project consisted of 7,503 purpose built and installed vinyl "gates" snaking along and over 23 miles (37 km) of pathways in New York City's Central Park. From each gate they draped a large piece of deep saffron (bright orange) nylon fabric. The installation was unveiled in a public ceremony on February 12, 2005, and remained standing through February 27, 2005. In books and other media sold by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, they refer to the project as "The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005." The dates were a reference to the period of time between the artists' initial proposal to the city, until they were permitted to have it installed. One of the works which was part of the Vogel Collection donated to The National Gallery of Art was one of the conceptual drawings produced for "The Gates" art project from 1996, which Christo and Jeanne-Claude sold (or traded for "cat sitting") to their friends, Herbert Vogel and Dorothy Vogel. See more »

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Art Collecting As Love Story
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In an era when hoarders are seen as sideshow freaks, Herb and Dorothy Vogel are hoarders with heart... and a sharp aesthetic. Herb and Dorothy wanted to be artists. Instead, the postal worker and librarian filled their Brooklyn apartment with the best of American contemporary art, amassing nearly 5000 pieces, which they have now donated to the National Gallery. I like this documentary because it is a love story. Herb and Dorothy are an intimate team, who share a deep passion. They collect by "adopting" artists and supporting their work not only through purchases but through interest and enthusiasm. They give collectors a good name. They give humans a good name.


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