Documenting the art world’s original odd couple
The documentary film “Herb & Dorothy” follows a couple living in New York: Herbert (born in 1922) and Dorothy Vogel (1935).
Megumi Sasaki (above) was inspired to make a feature-length documentary about everyman art collectors Herbert and Dorothy Vogel (below) after learning of their unusual passion for finding affordable artworks.
Dorothy’s income would put food on the table and feed the cats while Herb’s income was used for buying artworks according to two criteria: that they were affordable, and that they would fit in their modest apartment.
Once Sasaki had almost become an honorary Vogel, she started to get more intimate shots. In fact, that itself was analogous to the Vogels’ approach to art: nurturing friendship over the years and following an artist’s growth from cardboard-box studio to Sotheby’s auction house.