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Herb & Dorothy, Lincoln & Dash.

Must to see:
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Herb & Dorothy 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 early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb’s salary to purchase art they liked, 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. Within these limitations, they proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists including Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Robert and Sylvia Mangold, Lynda Benglis, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, LucioPozzi, and Lawrence Weiner.

Also- photo coincidence:

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photo by Lincoln Barbour.
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photo by Dash Snow.

I guess it’s good for photo posterity not to fix your sign.

1 comment

  1. Kristina Feliciano - July 24, 2009 9:21 am

    Herb & Dorothy is an *excellent* movie. Very inspiring. He was a postal clerk and she a librarian. He educated himself about art, and then she got interested in it too. And they resolved to use her income to live off of and his to buy art. And the art they bought? Minimalist work. Stuff a lot of people just didn’t understand. See the movie if only to watch the art handlers from the National Gallery in DC pack up, like, more than a thousand works that H & D had somehow managed to stuff into their small Manhattan one-bedroom. It took something like 4 giant moving trucks to get it all!

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