The Vogels started collecting contemporary art before it was popular, buying pieces from then-unknown artists with Herb's meager salary as a postal clerk. As Sasaki recounted to Indiewire during the release of "Herb & Dorothy" in 2009, she first found out about the Vogels when she was working on a program about the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and their works were in the Herb and Dorothy Vogel collection.
On her website, Sasaki wrote the following message:
It is with our deepest sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear friend, Herbert Vogel.
On July 22, 2012, Herbert Vogel passed away in New York City. He was 89 years old. His health had begun to decline rapidly several months ago, and in his final month, he was always surrounded by Dorothy and his loving friends and family in a New York City nursing home.
While this is truly a sad time for us at "Herb & Dorothy" headquarters, we wish to pour our love for Herb into our follow-up film "Herb & Dorothy 50X50", completing it by this fall as planned. He has left us with a legacy that we will cherish and do our best to share with the world.
Herb, you will be terribly missed.
Megumi Sasaki and Team Herb & Dorothy
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