Dorothy and Herbert Vogel collection
If you’ve seen the excellent 2008 documentary Herb & Dorothy (Netflix it!), you know the story. Herb and Dorothy, a forward-thinking postal worker and a librarian, decided to devote one income to paying bills and the other to buying art by up-and-comers. Starting in 1962, they began amassing contemporary art in their small New York apartment; The collection eventually totaled some 5,000 pieces. The couple donated much of it, including giving 50 works to one museum each in all 50 states. The Seattle Art Museum reveals what it received as the Washington beneficiary, and the exhibit reveals that you don’t have to be rich to collect art.