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Monday, July 23, 2012

Herbert Vogel, Most Lovable Man Ever to Collect Art, Dies

Posted by on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Just Herb and Dorothy, doing their thing.
  • Courtesy of Northwest Film Forum
  • Just Herb and Dorothy, doing their thing.
You will remember Herb and Dorothy Vogel as the couple who lived in a tiny Manhattan apartment, filled it with art—and I do mean filled it—and then gave it all away to museums around the country, including shipping 50 pieces to Seattle Art Museum.

Today comes the sorry news that Herb is gone. He was 89. Read about Herb's life here.

And here's a review of Herb & Dorothy, the documentary about the collectors, which we called "Pure Love: Two Hobbits to Rival Rockefeller."


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omg Jen, I'm stunned. Three days ago I was just telling my roommate from France, here for 3 months to do research, about the Vogels and the documentary.

We were in the RISD museum and walked into the gallery devoted to the 50 pieces to Rhode Island from the Vogel's collection. Although they collected sculpture and paintings as well, I love that they were partial to the drawings, especially the sketches before larger projects. It's like collecting a little of the brain and heart of the artist.

"Herb and Dorothy" is one of my favorite documentaries that I've watched a few times now. It's on Netflix livestream.
Posted by Marie on July 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM · Report this
translinguistic other 2
Sad news. RIP, Herb. You made the world a better place just by being yourself.
Posted by translinguistic other on July 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM · Report this
David Schmader 3
What a great guy. His and Dorothy's split-finance plan—her salary pays the bills, his salary buys art—is forever inspirational.
Posted by David Schmader on July 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM · Report this
VelhoSorriso 4
Jen, thanks so much for your piece.
Loved the "Herb & Dorothy" quote: You don't have to be a Rockefeller to collect art :)
Posted by VelhoSorriso on July 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM · Report this

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