You can't spell Heart without Art
Herb was a postal worker in New York and Dorothy was a librarian. The diminutive, five foot tall couple, lived on one salary and with the other, amassed one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. They did this living in a rent controlled apartment on Manhattan with their turtles, fish and Archie the cat. They spent their days meeting unknown artists in NYC and buying art directly from the artists.
Although their 4,800 piece collection is worth millions, the Vogels have donated half of it to The National gallery in D.C. and are presently involved in a program which will placeÂ much of their collection in a museum in every state in the country.Â Â 50/50 program-fifty pieces in fifty museums in fifty states.
Their enthusiasm for what they have accomplished is a joy to witnessâ€¦people that have given so much and expect nothing in return.Â Anticipating the future financial needs of the couple, the National Gallery purchased an annuity for the Vogels only to find that they are purchasing more art with it. More art to share. Their unspoken, but exhibited, love story and love for art that appeals to them makes the video well worth watching.