Postal worker Herbert Vogel who, along with his wife Dorothy, a reference librarian, amassed a monumental collection of apartment sized works by a who’s-who of modern artists, has died. The Vogels, immortalized in the 2008 movie “Herb and Dorothy”, stand as an example of how (in the 60’s) big money wasn’t a prerequisite for serious art collecting. The Vogels stopped collecting in 2009.
50 works from the Herb and Dorothy Vogel Collection are currently on display at the Blanton Museum in Austin. They represent the Texas segment of the Vogel’s extraordinary 50/50 program, which distributed fifty works from the couples enormous collection of modestly-sized modern art to a selected institution in each of the fifty states, leaving more than half of the 4,750 works at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.