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.
"The Vogels! Gosh, I'll be able to pay the rent." Very funny but really, the Vogels are two of the most fantastic people you'll find. You can safely say they love art without financial interest, that's so rare nowadays that isn't funny. Like a friend says in the movie "They're greedy" Yes, they do. In the best sense: greedy for art.
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 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.
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!
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.