When we started Tout-Fait
last December we could not have possibly imagined such a positive response!
Featured as a selected website by the New York Times, our Marcel
Duchamp Studies Online Journal has had more than 11,000 visits from
all around the world within its first four months in existence. Each
day, we receive inquiries, tips and critical thoughts from an ever-growing
network of readers interested in Duchamp and twentieth century art.
While we were modest enough to think that our 'Notes' section only humbly
adds to Duchamp scholarship, it was a pleasant surprise when we learned
that Artforum referred to them as "earth-shattering news item[s]"
text) in a recent review of Tout-Fait.
We are now happy to
announce the second issue with contributions from Duchampians Hector
Obalk, Dieter Daniels and Hans de Wolf, and a presentation of the by
now "historic" computer animation of the Large Glass by Jean
Suquet. This time around, Stephen Jay Gould taps into Duchamp's "Artful
Wordplays" and with "Duchamp Bottles Belle Greene: Just Desserts for
his Canning" Bonnie Garner adds an interesting twist to the character
of Rrose Sélavy. Our interview presents an incredibly vital Charles
Henri Ford, who sixty years ago founded View, America's first
avant-garde magazine. Another contribution sheds some light on the naming
of the Cassandra Foundation that delivered Duchamp's posthumously revealed
Étant Donnés to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Further notes, articles
and animations revolve around chess, the Large Glass, the relationship
between Cage and Duchamp, his "financial documents" and much more.
New features include
our 'Art & Literature' section, complete with a new* translation of
Robert Lebel's "L'Inventeur du temps gratuit" and other contributions
by Madeline Gins and Dove Bradshaw, as well as by J. Bronowski, the
first translator of Duchamp's notes. The 'Letters' square makes room
for valuable comments, while the contact us
link at the bottom of every page enables our readers to forward their thoughts, join the guestlist or post messages
on our Bulletin Board. We're always open to your suggestions and ideas.
Through 'Back Issues,' previous numbers of Tout-Fait may always be accessed.
Regarding the state
of Duchamp studies, the new millenium seems off to a good start. So
far, publications by Jean Clair, Didier Ottinger, Richard Hamilton,
as well as Léon Altenbaum's edition of the correspondence between Duchamp
and Hélion have appeared this year. Further books on the an-artist
by Molly Nesbit, Hector Obalk, André Gervais and Herbert Molderings
are scheduled to be published soon. With Duchamp exhibitions from Paris
to Ljubliana, and already two major symposiums devoted to him at Yale
and the San Francisco Museum of Art, no holds seem to be barred. Joining
us on the web is the French Duchamp studies journal Étant Donné, whose second issue appeared in March this year. For
more Duchamp related websites, click here for links.
Once again, we would
like to express our gratitude to Jacqueline Matisse-Monnier for her
continuing support. A big "Thank You!" also goes out to Tout-Fait's
senior advisor André Gervais for his generous help at late hours and
Enjoy browsing, stay a while and spread the word.
Thomas Girst Editor-in-Chief
* We thank David Westling
for informing us that a first translation of "L'Inventeur du temps
gratuit" was originally published in: J.H. Matthews, The Custom
House of Desire: A Half-Century of Surrealist Stories (Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1975), pp. 150-160.
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