A while back I saw one of the most amazing documentaries ever called Herb & Dorothy which told the story of famed New York art collectors Herb & Dorothy Vogel. The two over their lifetime together, have collected nearly 5,000 pieces of artwork from a variety of artists with their very humble incomes. (Herb worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service an Dorothy as a Librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.) The couple focused on collecting mainly conceptual and minimalist art and would buy anything that peaked their interest. In 2008, they wanted to share their love of art with the world and began a project dubbed The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States or what we now know as Vogel 50 x 50.
Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki (who made the first film) is now working on documenting the 50 x 50 process and has turned to the public for support via Kickstarter. I am proud to say this is the very first Kickstarter project I have pledged to, not only because I love Herb & Dorothy so very much (plus they love cats as much as I do!), but believe it’s amazing what they are doing with their coveted collection. It’s really such an inspirational story that needs to be shared with the masses around the world. I hope to be able to make an additional donation before the deadline of November 6th and help them reach their much needed goal of $55,000 (currently at $16,000) to cover production costs. If you’re a fan of the arts in any capacity, I urge you to check out this video and find a way to help fund this incredible project.