The VillaDuCarl art collection is a compilation of artwork gathered over a lifetime and displayed in our home in Portland, Oregon. Each piece was found while enjoying our vibrant neighborhood monthly art walks, street fairs, art fairs, galleries, and art openings or in our travels. We’ve made friends with old and new artists along the way and enjoy discovering that next artist and new piece that catches our eye. Artists are everywhere and art is everywhere. Our collection is a journey and a map that documents our lives as collectors.
The purpose of this site is to promote art and to provide an opportunity to view art that otherwise may have been hidden away in some inaccessible place . . . like our family room, bedroom, hallway, bathroom, and yes, even our laundry room. We aspire to sponsor/feature artists and to give you embedded web links to their works and to the venues that support, show, or sell art. We also aspire to educate others that you don’t need to have a lot of money or be an expert to collect art. Many of our pieces were very reasonably priced and on a few occasions were free.
We were inspired by Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a couple of modest means living in our times, who have shown the world that you don’t have to be a Rockefeller to collect art. All you need is
Read about the amazing and emotional story of Vivian Maier and see a clip of the soon to be released documentary at this link.
Picture this: quite possibly the most important street photographer of the 20th century was a 1950s children’s nanny who kept to herself and never showed a single one of her photographs to anyone. Decades later in 2007, a Chicago real estate agent and historical hobbyist, John Maloof purchased a box of never-seen, never-developed film negatives of an unknown ‘amateur’ photographer for $380 at his local auction house.
The Brooklyn Museum seemed to have garnered a bonanza in 1932 when it received a large bequest from the estate of Col. Michael Friedsam, president of the elegant retail emporium B. Altman.
But eight decades later that cache of Dutch and Renaissance paintings, Chinese porcelain, jewelry and furniture has become something of a burden. A quarter of the 926 works have turned out to be fakes, misattributions or of poor quality, and the museum potentially
He was a postal worker. She was a librarian. Together they amassed one of the most important contemporary art collections in the world.
We were emotionally inspired by the extraordinary tale of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a seemingly ordinary couple who filled their humble one-bedroom New York apartment with more than 4,000 works of art over a 45-year period. Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki turned her lens on the Vogels during a critical period of transition for the couple and their cherished collection creating the famed documentary, Herb and Dorothy.
From the earliest days of their marriage, the Vogels delighted in art. While working the midnight shift at the post