You may remember, if you’re in Toronto, or Calgary, that the Canadian Art Foundation screened the excellent documentary, Herb and Dorothy, at last year’s Reel Artists Film Festival.
Megumi Sasaki’s touching documentary, Herb and Dorothy. Image: now-movies.com
The film tells the extraordinary 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.
In the 1960s they began devoting all of Herb’s salary to purchase art they liked, mainly the emerging practices of Minimalist and Conceptualist art, and living on Dorothy’s paycheck alone, they continued collecting artworks guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment.
Richard Tuttle, Lable #13-16, 2004-2005. Image: artnet.com
After thirty years of meticulous collecting and buying, the Vogels managed to accumulate over 2,000 pieces, filling every corner of their tiny one bedroom apartment.
Dorothy and Herbert Vogel in the 1994 exhibition “From Minimal to Conceptual Art: Works from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Image: silverplanet.com
Well, now Herb and Dorothy Vogel’s collection is coming to the Albright Knox in Buffalo.
Fifty Works for Fifty States: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection
January 22–May 9, 2010
The Fifty Works for Fifty States project allows the Vogels to place 2,500 works of art, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs by 177 artists, in the collections of institutions throughout the United States.
Robert Barry, Wallpiece with Blue Mirrorwords, 2006. Image: artnet.com