Bit by bit

herb-dorothy-50x50Herb & Dorothy Vogel are legends in the art world: people of modest means who gathered pieces of contemporary art over many decades. They became friends with ‘famous’ people (often before they had achieved that notoriety); their support was judged to be of great value.

Dorothy was a librarian; Herb was a postal clerk. They lived in NYC on her salary, they used his to buy art.

There’s a movie about this couple and the nearly 5000 pieces they accumulated. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 96% favorable rating, which is higher than Iron Man 1, 2, or 3 or Shawshank Redemption. In this documentary, they talk, among other things, about artists who would congregate at the Cedar Tavern to share their knowledge and their anger.

Commitment to supporting potential, the impact of small steps, doing what you like, the energy of gathering around a passion: that’ll preach.

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