Herb & Dorothy

Herb & Dorothy

“A couple of very modest means manages to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.” pbs.org

“It all began in a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan… An art collection built by a postal clerk and a librarian that has now spread throughout America.” They have spent their lives paying the bills with Dorothy’s salary and buying art with Herb’s salary, and that is how they were living for decades until Herb’s recent-death (2012). Their story is a huge inspiration. They were never buying as an investment, and they could never imagine that one day the National Gallery of Washington would not be able to handle all their collection. The “proletarian collectors” that were owners of an enormous and priceless art collection, mostly minimalist and conceptual, never sold a single piece and transferred the whole collection for a free-admission museum. More: http://herbanddorothy.com/


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