to the inaugural issue of Tout-Fait: The Marcel Duchamp Studies
Online Journal. About six months ago, we sent word to Duchamp scholars,
scientists and art historians around the world introducing the idea
of the first online journal devoted to Marcel Duchamp and his circle.
We are very pleased to announce the arrival of Issue #1, including articles
and notes by Craig Adcock, André Gervais and Francis M. Naumann. Tout-Fait’s
News section features the collaboration of Rhonda Roland Shearer, Stephen
Jay Gould and noted conservators on important findings on Duchamp’s
Standard Stoppages (1913/14) and his Green Box of 1934.
Artists William Anastasi and Donald Shambroom tackle questions of glass
and cracks throughout Duchamp’s oeuvre. And we are honored to present
Jean Suquet’s The Large Glass. A Guided Tour (1992) in both French
and English. Like André Gervais, Suquet is a poet as well as art historian
and greatly adds another dimension to Duchamp scholarship.
wonder, why "Tout-Fait"? The term "tout
fait" was not only the standard French translation for ready
made but also a phrase often used by the French mathematician Henri
Poincaré who was a crucial influence on Duchamp. Rhonda Roland Shearer
first commented upon the term in The Sciences and it was recently
picked up by Thomas Zaunschirm in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and
Barry Cipra in Science. After
heavily debating about twenty other suggestions (among them The Oculist
Witness, Mirrorical Messenger and The Sunny Apprentice)
as well as Duchamp’s idea for Space Art News (expressed in a
letter to Marcel Jean, 4 August 1955), we finally agreed on "Tout-Fait,"
highlighting the intersection of art and science.
Duchamp afficionado might have noticed right away, the colorful
squares of Tout-Fait’s design are loosely based on the sequence
of rectangular shapes (reminiscent of a book of color filters for light
experiments or photography) in Duchamp’s last painting, Tu m’
of 1918. Tout-Fait’s next issue will feature more squares, making
room for literature, streaming video, our tri-annual centerfold and
a 'Letters to the Editor' section. For letters intended for publication,
criticism and suggestions or any technical problems, please contact
us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Note: e-mails which were sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
were never received. Those are invalid accounts and we are sorry for
any confusion this may have caused.) To start or participate in a dialogue
regarding Tout-Fait and related matters, we suggest using the
Notes Bulletin Board of the Marcel
Duchamp World Community as a forum to generate any kind of discussion.
Feel free to post your thoughts!
not-for-profit journal, Tout-Fait is made possible by a team
effort of writers, editors and web designers and relies on the commitment
of our readers and the kind support of individuals to keep it up and
running. In particular, we wish to thank Jacqueline Matisse-Monnier
for her interest and substantial support of this project. Many thanks
also to Tim Kummerow on the West Coast for his unfailing collaboration
and computer wizardry.
Enjoy browsing, stay a while and spread the word.
Thomas Girst Editor-in-Chief
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Tout-Fait is published by the CyberArtSciencePress,
the publishing branch of the not-for-profit
Art Science Research Laboratory, Inc.,
62 Greene Street, Third Floor, New York, New York 10012
Tout-Fait welcomes any type
of critical thinking. Multiple authorship is encouraged. All articles
are first publications. All accepted foreign submissions will
be published in both English and their original language. Tout-Fait (ISSN 1530-0323) is
published by CyberArtSciencePress
, the publishing house of the not-for-profit Art Science Research Laboratory. We welcome donations!