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Herb & Dorothy (2008)

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Herb and Dorothy Vogel redefine what it means to be an art collector.

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Megumi Sasaki

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Abbey Shaine (Abbey Dubin)
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Credited cast:
Paula Antebi Paula Antebi ... Herself - Herb's Sister
Will Barnet Will Barnet ... Himself - Artist
Robert Barry Robert Barry ... Himself - Artist
Lynda Benglis Lynda Benglis ... Herself - Artist
Michael Bloomberg ... Himself - Mayor of New York City (archive footage)
Christo and Jeanne-Claude Christo and Jeanne-Claude ... Themselves - Artists
Chuck Close ... Himself - Artist
Jack Cowart Jack Cowart ... Himself - Director, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
Molly Donovan ... Herself - Curator, National Gallery of Art
Carole Hoffman Carole Hoffman ... Herself - Dorothy's Sister-in-Law
Sidney S. Hoffman Sidney S. Hoffman ... Himself - Dorothy's Brother
Sol LeWitt Sol LeWitt ... Himself - Artist (archive footage)
Joe Libonati Joe Libonati ... Himself - Postal Worker
Robert Mangold Robert Mangold ... Himself - Artist
Sylvia Mangold 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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You don't have to be a Rockefeller to collect art. See more »


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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Эрб и Дороти See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,242, 7 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$194,721, 27 September 2009
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Along with the copious art collection which hangs on their walls, hangs from their ceilings, is stacked on the floor, stacked under their bed, and propped against or behind furniture, Herbert Vogel and Dorothy Vogel also have a large animal menagerie in their small apartment, made up of several cats roaming freely, several large turtles in water filled aquariums, and tropical fish in another aquarium. See more »

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Ars Gratia Artis
27 September 2009 | by druid333-2See all my reviews

To use the old Latin phrase (translation:art for art's sake). This is an open book look at two of the modern/postmodern art world's patron saints, Herb & Dorthy Vogel,who boasts of having the largest collection of modern art (all confined in a one bedroom apartment in New York City,yet). We get to know a bit about Herb & Dorthy (Herb is a retired postal worker,while Dorthy is a retired librarian),a couple who were wed in 1960,and spent most,if not all of their spare time in small galleries,perusing works by up & coming artists & purchasing works that they knew would fit in their modest trappings (an amusing scene shows Herb & Dorthy mulling over a Sol LeWitt piece that was just a bit too tall for their apartment,resulting in their exchanging it for something a bit more compact by LeWitt). Over a period of thirty years (or so),they would amass thousands of paintings,sculptures & conceptual pieces,representing the cream of the art world (or so they figured). First time producer/director,Megumi Sasaki crafts a portrait of two people,in love with each other & art (they're rarely apart from one another for too long---a scene at an artists opening depicts a somewhat jealous Dorthy getting her dander up when she finds Herb talking to a woman across the room from her). The documentary is studded with interviews with what has to be a "who's who" of modern art (Robert Barry,Pat Stier,Richard Tuttle,Christo & Jeanne-Claude,Sol LeWitt,etc.),as well as vintage film footage of the New York art scene in the 1950's,thru the 1970's & beyond. A "must see" for patrons of the arts. Not rated,but contains nothing to offend.


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