Last Sunday, we headed for a film screening that documented the lives of art collectors – Herb & Dorothy, shown at The Arts house. A documentary depicting the passionate lives behind this endearing and inspiring couple.
Words could never describe how moved we were by the passion & faith that Herb & Dorothy had for art, and also for the love between Herb and Dorothy. Both of them were so cute, endearing and inspiring. They ate, lived and breathed passion. The best part was to be able to see Dorothy up close in person, at the end of the film screening!! That totally blew our minds away!
Here’s Dorothy, having a taste of Singapore’s infamous dish – Chicken Rice! The Herb & Dorothy Singapore team had brought Dorothy around during her visit here :)
This is a portrait of Herb & Dorothy – a portrayal of both their reactions when they looked at artworks in exhibitions. Herb would usually be very intense and focus straight into his favourite artwork, thus the “horizontal” position. And on the contrary, Dorothy would take things a little slower, thus her more relaxed and “vertical” posture. This portrait almost forms an invisible grid!
Benny shared that Dorothy had asked to visit Marina Bay Sands Singapore and the crew was pleasantly surprised at first, but later realized the reason was that Dorothy knew that one of Sol LeWitte’s painting was there. We heard from Benny that it was an emotional moment for Dorothy and she broke down in tears when she was standing amidst Sol LeWitte’s enormous artwork in MBS, Singapore.
In this above photo, is a picture of Dorothy with Sol LeWitte’s artwork, one of Herb & Dorothy’s long time artist friend, at Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
Dorothy was brought to Art Stage Singapore to view the works of our local art pieces, and later gently requested not to be brought to further art shows as they reminded her very much of her journey with her husband, Herb. Hearing this moved me to tears.
Stirred up by a particular screen shot of a billboard from the film that really spoke to us, it says “Art is mute when money talks”.
Creativity is pretty much suppressed & silenced when everything is about winning a price war, & survival of the richest. Really hope to break such mentalities and stigmas we have here in our sunny island, set in the sea. Hopefully someday, perseverance & passion will eventually win the battle!
Currently at 2014, Dorothy is gracefully aged at 79, and Herb had passed on in 2012. Herb was also lovingly nicknamed “Herbie” by Dorothy.