By Douglas Britt Arts Writer. www.Chron.com
Sept. 23, 2009, 6:15PM
Most Houston art lovers know how John and Dominique de Menil had the means to build the shockingly good collection now housed in the museum that bears their name. She was an heiress to the Schlumberger fortune, and he was an executive at the oil-field services company. Money isn’t everything, but it helps.
Now Herb & Dorothy, a documentary screening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, tells how a couple without Schlumberger money — Herb Vogel, a postal clerk, and his wife, Dorothy Vogel, a librarian — built a collection that made them art-world legends. Their collection brought them fame not only because its depth and quality but also because of the fact it was crammed into a one-bedroom New York apartment until they gave it away, only to resume collecting. They’ve bought more than 4,700 artworks since the early 1960s.