To be honest, I don’t watch a lot of TV. I don’t have a lot of time and my tastes are extremely discriminating. Every now and then, I’ll check out a food show, hoping to get inspired so I don’t have to make hamburgers every night.
But I do like finding out about the latest trends and checking out the latest fashion so I thought “Gallery Girls” might be fun. It’s the latest reality show on Bravo TV on Monday nights. It’s got hot young chicks, tips on where the trendsetters are hanging out, catfights and backstabbers, a bit of family drama, and oh yeah these girls are struggling to make their way in the art world…. I happen to be an art aficionado. I guess everyone who spent a little time at Vassar College probably becomes one eventually. But I was curious. Does this reality show have the makings of hit show? I wanted to know so I watched three episodes.
Who are in the cast?
Amy: Pudgy-faced, brown-nosing blonde. I could almost swear that she was on Patti Stanger’s “How to Marry a Millionaire.” Works for free as an intern and is completely supported by her daddy. When her daddy calls her and asks what she is doing, she replies, “Taking a bubble bath.” Gets extremely intoxicated in one episode and makes a complete fool of herself.
Angela: The token Asian girl. Says she disappointed her parents because she didn’t want to be a doctor or a lawyer. Aspires to be an art photographer, but in the mean time supports herself as an event photographer and part-time waitress. Real looker especially when she has her hair up. But a complete man-eater.
Chantal: The petite pale-faced brunette with an incredibly annoying cadence in her speech. Reaks of “I am a hawt elitist….” Wears her signature fiery red lipstick all the time.
Liz: The prettiest of the blondes who has issues with her dad.
Kerri: Snobby blonde
Claudia: Sultry brunnette
Maggie: The down-to-earth girl who is the lowly intern / gopher at a Manhattan art gallery, “Eli Klein Fine Art”. Poor girl. Her boss makes her put ice cubes in the doggie bowl he has her refill from the office water cooler.
What do all these girls have in common? Besides the fact that they all seem to be socially well-connected, for the most part stunningly beautiful, they are trying to find a niche in the exceedingly competitive art world, and they seem to be incredibly self-absorbed and not at all concerned about getting married or having a family.
I watched three episodes and the more I got to know these girls, the more I began to dislike them.
I have little interest in them….
But do you know who I have an interest in???
I have an interest in Herbert Vogel who recently passed away and left a huge impressive art collection to the National Gallery of Art.
Art collecting often seems like a rich man’s game, open only to the rarefied few who can plunk down millions of dollars without breaking a sweat. But the recent death of Herbert Vogel, one of America’s most famous art collectors, points to another art world, one in which a pair of middle-class workers, following their passion and their pocketbook, can build a world-class collection.
Herb was a high school dropout. He served in the Army during WWII. He then worked nights at various post offices in Manhattan sorting mail. During the daytime, he studied art history at NYU. His coworkers were not informed of his interest in art.
His wife Dorothy also had a quiet job working as a research librarian in Brooklyn. With her salary, they covered the household expenses while they used his salary to buy art. They didn’t buy what everyone else was buying. “…they focused on the cutting edge of the art world, where prices were lower and investment had more room to appreciate.”
Their rules were simple:
They had to love what they bought, be able to easily afford it and it had to fit into their tiny, one-bedroom apartment.
Amazingly their strategy worked! The Vogels accumulated over 5,000 significant pieces of modern art including sculptures, paintings, and prints that they eventually ended up donating to the 51 museums across the country.
The National Gallery’s Vogel Collection now contains more than 900 works, and almost 300 more have been promised to the museum. The National Gallery staged major exhibitions drawn from the collection in 1994 and 2001. ~ Herbert Vogel, unlikely art collector and benefactor of National Gallery, dies at 89
…while the Vogels’ ‘artistic eye’ may have been lightning in a bottle, their choices reflect sound, classic investing principles that are relevant whether you’re buying sculptures or shares of stock.
~ Daily Finance
…the National Gallery acquired much of their collection in 1991. By then, its value was estimated to be well into the millions.
“We could have easily become millionaires,” Mr. Vogel told the Associated Press in 1992.
We could have sold things and lived in Nice and still had some left over. But we weren’t concerned about that aspect.
~ Washington Post
“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educate derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of human race.” Calvin Coolidge
If you happen to watch “Gallery Girls” tonight at 10 EST, let me know if you prefer them or Herbert and Dorothy Vogel.