Herb & Dorothy

Overview

Documentary filmmaker Megumi Sasaki reveals the passion of two art collectors who amassed a staggering collection of important works before donating their collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. It was the early '60s, and pop art was exploding. Everyone was looking for the next Warhol or Pollock, and meanwhile Herb Vogel was getting by as a postal clerk while his wife, Dorothy, worked as a librarian. Both husband and wife were lifelong lovers of art, and agreed to use his salary to purchase ...
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Overview

Documentary filmmaker Megumi Sasaki reveals the passion of two art collectors who amassed a staggering collection of important works before donating their collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. It was the early '60s, and pop art was exploding. Everyone was looking for the next Warhol or Pollock, and meanwhile Herb Vogel was getting by as a postal clerk while his wife, Dorothy, worked as a librarian. Both husband and wife were lifelong lovers of art, and agreed to use his salary to purchase works by unknown minimalist and conceptual artists while using hers to cover the couple's living expenses. It was tight living for sure, but the rewards they reaped would prove astounding. Not only did the couple grow to befriend many of the artists whose works they had purchased, but years later, after filling their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment with over 4,000 works of art, their collection would be valued at several million dollars. The Vogels never sold a single piece of art, instead choosing to donate their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art so they could clear their walls and start again.
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Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Festival Appearances; Theatrical Premiere; Theatrical Trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2009
  • UPC: 767685210147
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,445

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Herb Vogel Participant
Dorothy Vogel Participant
Technical Credits
Megumi Sasaki Director, Producer
Axel Baumann Cinematographer
Lilly Bright Executive Producer
Stanley F. Buchthal Executive Producer
Bernadine Colish Editor
David Majzlin Score Composer
Rafael de la Uz Cinematographer
Sally Jo Fifer Executive Producer
Maja Hoffmann Executive Producer
Karl Katz Executive Producer
David Koh Executive Producer
David Mazjlin Score Composer
Catherine Price Executive Producer
Takeshi Yamasaki Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Herb & Dorothy
1. Meet Herb & Dorothy [2:23]
2. Early Married Life [5:32]
3. When They Started [6:42]
4. Becoming Art Collectors [11:18]
5. Mascots of the Art World [3:26]
6. They Liked the Most Difficult Art [5:46]
7. Art as an Idea [10:34]
8. The "In" Couple [11:58]
9. Art Overflowing the Apartment [12:27]
10. Trucking to Washington [8:08]
11. Collection Itself as Art [5:16]
12. Credits [3:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Herb & Dorothy
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   Scenes
   Bonus
      Deleted Scenes (17 Min)
         Herb & Dorothy Talk About Life in NYC (2 Min)
         Dorothy Visits the Brooklyn Public Library (2 Min)
         Herb & Dorothy Discuss Art Auctions (2 Min) (Comments by Chuck Close, Christo & Jeanne-Claude)
         Herb & Dorothy Visit Wendy Lehman's Studio (2 Min)
         Edda Renouf Visits Herb & Dorothy's Apartment (3 Min)
         Herb & Dorothy Discuss Sol LeWitt (3 Min)
         Miami Art Collector Craig Robins (3 Min)
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      Festivals & Premiere (15 Min)
         Hamptons Int'l Film Festival Nov '08 (5 Min)
         Provincetown Film Festival Jun '09 (6 Min)
         NYC Special Premiere Jun '09 (4 Min)
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      Trailers (6 Min)
         Theatrical Trailer (2 Min)
         PBS Promotional Trailer (4 Min)
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