Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Art Hoarders or Collectors?

Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki has made a documentary about Herb and Dorothy Vogel, art collectors who have amassed over 2,ooo works of art in their lifetime on postal clerk's salary. The focus of the majority of their purchases have been of minimalist or conceptual works. This looks really interesting and I am glad for collectors....but....I'd call it hoarding. Some folks hoard food, some cats, some clothes. The Vogels obviously hoard art. What is the point of buying art that is put away in stacks of boxes or shoved under beds?

See the trailer here.


Sheila said...

I agree..... it is such an interesting psychological quirk but unlike cat or dog hoarder, they are celebrities instead of criminals.

SiLa said...

I agree with you.
Art is for viewing, enjoying, not to hide it in the boxes.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Couldn't agree with you more on this one Tracey. What is the point of having art if you can't enjoy it every day!!!

Dean Grey said...


It's definitely hoarding if they're storing pieces under the bed.

If there's large amounts of artwork not being used/displayed then there's a problem IMHO.