''To most people, typefaces are pretty insignificant. Yet to their devotees, they are the most important feature of text, giving subliminal messages that can either entice or revolt readers, says Tom de Castella.''
Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian and postal worker respectively, are responsible for one of the most outstanding collections of contemporary art ever assembled. Through modest means the duo began purchasing the work of unknown conceptual and minimalist artists. The work had to be cheap and small enough to fit in their small Manhattan apartment.
The plan worked… and soon the Vogel’s were hailed for a certain curatorial genius.
Herb and Dorothy, a documentary directed by Megumi Sasaki, tells their story.
" Given the deep air of religious significance and symbolism apparent in Stephan Doitschinoff’s art it will come as no surprise to learn his upbringing was very religious. His nom de plume ‘Calma’ means ‘calm down,’ and also has another meaning in Latin which Doitschinoff is particularly keen on as he explains: ‘I like its Latin meaning. It comes from the contraction of Con Alma or C’Alma, which means “with soul.” I started using Calma, as a koan, it appeared next to a depiction of something or someone afflicted or disturbed in the paintings and posters I would put up in Sao Paulo. It wasn’t necessarily something made to be a signature.’ "from Graphotism
'Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.' Mary Jean Iron