Herb & Dorothy
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The film takes a close look at the historical gift project by the legendary art collector couple, Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, and its impact on art communities around America. Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, a former postal clerk and a librarian, built a world-class collection of Minimal and Conceptual Art with their modest salaries. Over 2000 works were packed into their small NYC apartment, but they never sold a piece for profit. In 1992, they decided to transfer the entire collection to the National Gallery of Art, making headlines worldwide. (c) Fine Line

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie gives us an eyeful, but the unexamined irony is that the nice old couple can't sell the rest of us on why it's good."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Herb and Dorothy, a documentary by Megumi Sasaki, grows on you just as its subjects do."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A história da paixão incontrolável do casal Vogel por arte contemporânea é algo não só tocante, mas educativo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"When was the last time you saw older protags, or a happily married couple, in American film? In this charming docu, the Vogels recall vividly their experiences in life and art over the past four decades."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ultimately, the tale is inspiring: Why can't we all be like the Vogels and become great collectors?"
‑ Jerry Portwood, New York Press
"Sasaki balances her subjects' yarns with insights into the cultural moment that shaped them and vice-versa, in particular the shift from abstract expressionism to the sparer gestures of minimalist and conceptual art."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"It's impossible to leave this movie believing that the Vogels are weirdos or naifs. A wealth of artists and curators testify to their strong eye, unwavering enthusiasm, and clear judgment."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A solid and engaging documentary that shows the chasm between art and those that are removed, for various reasons, from its creation and most readily accessible exhibition to be a largely artificial construct."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"As the film progresses, we become captivated by the enchanted existence [Herb and Dorothy Vogel] have made for themselves."
‑ Emily S. Mendel, culturevulture.net
"A fascinating, warm and delightfully charming documentary that finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"If Ripley's Believe It or Not! were still around, Herb and Dorothy Vogel would surely be in it for amassing a world-class art collection on the most ordinary of working-class salaries."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"You can't hate the film anymore than you can hate Herb and Dorothy. But this is lazy work."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"As director Megumi Sasaki's leisurely yet absorbing documentary tells it, the crusty postman and the mild librarian emerged as the Fred and Ethel Mertz of modernism, championing the early careers of such artists as Sol LeWitt and Christo."
‑ Alicia Potter, Boston Phoenix
"Herb and Dorothy certainly proves there's more than one way to be an art collector. It just doesn't probe deeply enough and ask thorny questions about the nature of collecting and the nature of art, and how they relate to one another."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
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