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Herb & Dorothy -- Herb and Dorothy tells the story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means.
Herb & Dorothy -- Clip: Herb and Dorothy's packed apartment as described by Lynda Beglis, Lawrence Weiner, Jeanne-Claude & Christo and Chuck Close
Herb & Dorothy -- Clip: Christo and Jeanne-Claude's cat
Herb & Dorothy -- Clip: Chuck Close and Lynda Benglis talk about Herb and Dorothy
Herb & Dorothy -- Clip: Herb & Dorothy explain their buying strategy

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13 November 2010 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
You don't have to be a Rockefeller to collect art. See more »
Plot:
Herb and Dorothy Vogel redefine what it means to be an art collector. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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[DVD Review] Herb and Dorothy
 (From JustPressPlay. 17 December 2009, 6:55 PM, PST)

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inspiring, even if you don't "get" modern art See more (6 total) »

Cast

 
Paula Antebi ... Herself - Herb's Sister
Will Barnet ... Himself - Artist
Robert Barry ... Himself - Artist
Lynda Benglis ... Herself - Artist

Michael Bloomberg ... Himself - Mayor of New York City (archive footage)
Christo and Jeanne-Claude ... Themselves - Artists (also archive footage)

Chuck Close ... 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)
John Paoletti ... Himself - Art Historian
Lucio Pozzi ... Himself - Artist
Charles Ritchie ... Himself - Curator, National Gallery of Art

Charlie Rose ... Himself - Host, The Charlie Rose Show (archive footage)
Julie Salamon ... Herself - Journalist, New York Times
Alan Shestack ... Himself - Deputy Director, National Gallery of Art
James Siena ... Himself - Artist (also archive footage)
Susanna Singer ... Herself - Artists Representative
Pat Steir ... Herself - Artist
Robert Storr ... Himself - Art Critic, Curator
Richard Tuttle ... Himself - Artist
Archie Vogel ... Himself - Cat

Dorothy Vogel ... Herself (also archive footage)
Herbert Vogel ... Himself (also archive footage)

Mike Wallace ... Himself - CBS 60 Minutes Correspondent (archive footage)
John Weber ... Himself - Art Dealer
Lawrence Weiner ... Himself - Artist

Directed by
Megumi Sasaki 
 
Produced by
Lilly Bright .... executive producer
Stanley F. Buchthal .... executive producer (as Stanley Buchthal)
Sally Jo Fifer .... executive producer
Maja Hoffman .... executive producer
Karl Katz .... executive producer
David Koh .... executive producer
Catherine Price .... executive producer
Megumi Sasaki .... producer
Takeshi Yamasaki .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David Majzlin 
 
Film Editing by
Bernadine Colish 
 
Production Management
Mary Martin .... post-production producer
Richard O'Connell .... director of production: itvs
Jorge Trelles .... production manager
Chad Whitman .... post-production producer
 
Sound Department
James Baker .... location sound
Brett Hammond .... location sound
Peter Levin .... sound re-recording mixer
Hiro Maeda .... location sound
James Nichols .... dolby consultant
Barbara Parks .... sound editor
Gabrielle Weiss .... location sound
 
Visual Effects by
Danna Bremer .... motion graphics and title design
Einat Gavish .... motion graphics and title design
Bert Moss .... motion graphics
Bert Moss .... title designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Axel Baumann .... camera
Ciro Caso .... additional camera
Chris Dapkins .... additional camera
Rafael de la Uz .... camera
Alan Deutsch .... additional camera
Morgan Fallon .... camera
Grant Gaughen .... additional camera (as Grant W. Gaughen)
Perry Grebin .... additional camera
Tempei Iwakiri .... additional camera
Leo Lawrence .... additional camera
Daniel Lehrecke .... additional camera
Daniel Marracino .... additional camera
Brian Murphy .... additional camera
Ian Saladyga .... camera
Megumi Sasaki .... additional camera
Sam Shinn .... additional camera
Erik Shirai .... camera
Vladimir Subotic .... camera
Katsuyoshi Tanaka .... still photographer
Hemant Tavathia .... additional camera operator (as Tavathia Hement)
Gabrielle Weiss .... additional camera
 
Editorial Department
Alex Berman .... colorist
Julie Criniere .... editor: trailer
Abbey Dubin .... post-production assistant
Audra Epstein .... post-production assistant
Ema Jitsukawa .... post-production assistant
Jeremy Krinsley .... post-production assistant
Eugene Lehnert .... on-line editor
Meera Menon .... post-production assistant
Jonathan Nastasi .... editor: trailer
Joseph Ruscitto .... associate editor
Jonathan Trimby .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Lawrence Manchester .... music recording mixer: Avatar Studios
Paul Vazquez .... music recording engineer
 
Other crew
Dorothy Alexander .... photograph source
David Antebi .... additional archival source
Robert Barry .... additional archival source
Rick Bartow .... web site designer
Guido Baselgia .... photograph source
Benjamin Blackwell .... photograph source
Lyn Blumenthal .... archival footage source
Peter Broderick .... distribution strategist
Lisa Callif .... clearance counsel
Christo .... additional archival source
Michael Clark .... additional archival source
Lori Derhagopian .... production assistant
John Dominis .... photograph source
Gianfranco Gorgoni .... additional archival source
Michael Halsband .... photograph source
Shiro Hayashi .... production assistant
Kate Horsfield .... archival footage source
David Horton .... photograph source
Gordon Hyatt .... additional archival source
Jeanne-Claude .... additional archival source
Dana Kirchoff .... archival researcher
Linda Lilienfeld .... archival researcher
Divya Madhusudhan .... archival researcher
Christopher Mako .... additional archival source
Fred McDarrah .... photograph source (as Fred W. McDarrah)
Katia McGuire .... archival researcher
Yuichiro Nonaka .... production assistant
Walter Russell .... additional archival source
Amy Schewel .... archival researcher
Judith Shea .... photograph source
Julia Siemon .... transcript: Transcript Associates
Innes Smolansky .... legal services: Donaldson & Callif
Michelle Stockman .... transcript: Transcript Associates
Allan Tannenbaum .... photograph source
Dorothy Vogel .... additional archival source
Dorothy Vogel .... art source
Herbert Vogel .... additional archival source
Herbert Vogel .... art source
Zelda Wirtschafter .... archival footage source
Kunsthaus Zug .... photograph source
 
Thanks
Toshio Adachi .... special thanks
Shinichiro Akasaka .... special thanks
Carey Ascenzo .... special thanks
Will Barnet .... special thanks
Robert Barry .... special thanks
Peter Bavaro .... special thanks
Lynda Benglis .... special thanks
Steve Bennett .... special thanks
John Chamberlain .... special thanks
Christo .... special thanks
Charles Clough .... special thanks
Harry Cooper .... special thanks
Nadine Covert .... special thanks
Charina Espino .... special thanks
Ted Feder .... special thanks
Ruth Fine .... special thanks
Gloria Gura .... special thanks
Maki Hatae .... special thanks
Beth Janson .... special thanks
Jeanne-Claude .... special thanks (as Christo & Jeanne-Claude)
Jim Jermanok .... special thanks
Jennifer Joy .... special thanks
Michael Joyce .... special thanks
Steve Keister .... special thanks
Steven Konick .... special thanks
Yasushi Koyama .... special thanks
Wendy Lehman .... special thanks
Ethan Levitas .... special thanks
Robert Mangold .... special thanks
Gloria McDarrah .... special thanks
Mary Jane McKinven .... special thanks
Jennifer Moon .... special thanks
Troy Myers .... special thanks
Aiko Nakasone .... special thanks
Claes Oldenburg .... special thanks
Gladys Pizarro .... special thanks
Nestor Pizzaro .... special thanks
Edda Renouf .... special thanks
Craig Robins .... special thanks
Peter Rosen .... special thanks
James Siena .... special thanks
Sandy Spencer .... special thanks
Pat Steir .... special thanks
Masako Tsumura .... special thanks
Keiko Tsuno .... special thanks
Seth Unger .... special thanks
Stephen A. Vigilante .... special thanks
Atsuko Watanabe .... special thanks
Lawrence Weiner .... special thanks
Barbara Wood .... special thanks
Masa Yanagi .... special thanks
Minoru Yasuda .... special thanks
Alon Yavni .... special thanks
Deborah Ziska .... special thanks
 

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Trivia:
Per the inventory of art works done for the National Gallery of Art, their collection included more than 4,782 works of art, collected over more than thirty years. After the donation to the National Gallery of Art and their 50 states, 50 works donation, they still continued to collect aggressively, in their 70s (Dorothy) and approaching age 90 (Herb).See more »
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Features "60 Minutes" (1968)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
inspiring, even if you don't "get" modern art, 7 June 2010
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Minimalism in art is clearly a matter of personal taste - one either loves it or loathes it, "gets" it or doesn't - but what cannot be debated is the influence Herbert and Dorothy Vogel have had on its cultivation over the past half century. Not as artists themselves, mind you - their own dabbling in it proved to be both unproductive and short-lived - but as the most famous patrons and backers of those who create the actual works.

Though not wealthy themselves, Herb, a drab, colorless postal worker by day and an obsessive art maven by night, and his equally passionate wife Dorothy, have managed, over the course of five decades, to amass the world's greatest collection of minimalist and conceptual art - close to five thousand pieces in all. Almost from the day they first met in 1960, the two have been scouring the Manhattan art scene, constantly on the lookout for works to purchase and artists to champion.

And speaking of minimalism, director Megumi Sasaki provides relatively few biographical details about the couple, preferring instead to concentrate on their work as collectors and the impact their intense passion and love for art have had on the scene. Sasaki relies primarily on interviews - with both the Vogels themselves and the artists whose lives and works they've influenced - to paint his portrait of the couple.

As a film, "Herb and Dorothy" doesn't always make for the most riveting of viewing, seeing as much of the artwork they're fawning over is - let's be perfectly honest about it - more than a trifle preposterous. Indeed, you might even have trouble suppressing an irreverent giggle from time to time as you examine some of the pieces. But, as subjects for the camera, the Vogels convey such a down-home warm, generous and wise aura and presence that it's hard to be all that cynical about it.

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