It was the early ’60s, and everyone was looking for the next Warhol or Pollock. Meanwhile Herb Vogel was getting by as a postal clerk while his wife, Dorothy, worked as a librarian. Lifelong lovers of art, they agreed to use his salary to purchase works by unknown minimalist and conceptual artists.
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A really fantastic documentary about two of my favorite people. An essential film for people who want to know more about collecting art or who are interested in late 50's to early 60's abstract and conceptual art. I enjoyed the time spent with each artist and the extensive footage of the apartment (very necessary.) Lingering on their precious cat Archie Vogel didn't hurt either!
Engaging subject matter with a strong narrative thread, but very dull execution that does nothing to advance the documentary genre. Only useful as a didactic object. Heaps of praise for the Vogels, but Sasaki's approach left me cold. Excited to see Herb and Dorothy 50x50—I missed my opportunity to see it projected. Fingers crossed for an approach that matches/complements the wit and vivacity of the titular couple.
I know decidedly little about art, especially in comparison to cinema, so this film was as much an education for me as it was a purely charming affair. An admirable couple who practically lived an ascetic lifestyle with the exception of their one notable vice. Would make a great combo with the now showing Bill Cunningham film and 'The Cats of Mirikitani', all great docs about art for arts sake.
Extraordinary doc. about an ordinary American couple who loves art and collects 4000 pcs. with their small salary. Film made by a Japan film dir. The Vogels never sold any piece of their collection. Extraordinary American art collectors. Simple and touching.
I can only aspire to have as much passion and joy as Herb and Dorothy Vogel have for art, animals, and life. Life just bubbles out of them...their enthusiasm for art is contagious. Its truly amazing how extensive and rich their collection is on only a librarian and postal worker's salary...and they never sold any of their pieces! Only donated them! Inspirational doesn't begin to describe this couple.
Herb and Dorothy are not your conventional art collectors, in their heyday, the 1960's, they couldn't afford pop art so they collected minimalist and conceptual art by unknown artists. They forged lasting friendships with many of these artists and never sold any of the artwork they bought through the years. Eventually they donated their collection and started collecting all over again. Interesting but not gripping.