herb & dorothy

Posted on August 14, 2012 by Debbie Kuhn | 0 Comments

Anyone that knows me, knows I love art, particularly modern and contemporary art.  I came across this documentary a few years back, Herb & Dorothy, which is a remarkable story about a couple that were absolutely passionate about art and managed to build one of the world's most important collections of Minimalist and Conceptual art.  What makes their story even more extraordinary is the fact that they amassed this collection while working modest jobs and living in a rent-controlled, one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan's Upper East Side.  Dorothy was a librarian and Herb worked for the US Postal Service. 

“Most of us go through the world, never seeing anything. Then you meet somebody like Herb and Dorothy, who have eyes that see.” —Richard Tuttle, artist


"Courted by every major museum, the couple astounded the art world by transferring their entire collection—worth several million dollars—to the National Gallery of Art. As government workers themselves, they liked the idea of sharing their prized pieces with the American people. After weeks of packing, shippers carted away an astounding five full-sized moving trucks of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the tiny apartment.They wanted to share their collection with the public and chose to transfer it to the National Gallery of Art in DC." 

It is a sweet, sweet story about their love for each other and their passion and love for art.  Add it to your Queue or get it off itunes.  Here is a little peak into their story. 

Aren't they so darn cute?  Sadly, Herb went to glory last month.

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