What happened to the Duchamp font?
History of the Duchamp Computer Font
-Created for the "Through The Large Glass" Installation as a collaboration between Richard Kegler and Michael Want.
-"P22" has been a name used for years as an art collective based in the Buffalo NY area. P22 type foundry was the name given as the creative entity behind of the font.
-Uploaded to America Onlines Macintosh Software forum.
-Interest generated in font resulted in Purchase order from LA Museum of Contemporary Art- P22 type foundry officially begins operation. A follow up font, Miro, inspired by the fascinating forms of Spanish artist Joan Miro, was introduced in October 1994.
-Joan Miros grandson pulls our Miro fonts off the shelves of the Guggenheim giftshop and enlists the Artists Rights Society!
Our understanding of the copyright laws at the time were blissfully ignorant!
We write a letter to the Artists Rights Society and plead our case, hoping for an amicable solution. Since we are an Artists based organization and our work is done with much reverence and research on our subjects, we feel if we are represented to the estates, they will work with us on a suitable royalty. ARS returns to us with an order to stop selling Miro AND Duchamp. They give us several months to sell off our stock and pay a royalty to ARS who will in turn pay the estates. We wish to separate the issues of Miro and Duchamp since Duchamp is the great master of appropriation, it would be inconcievable that such a nod to his art and philosophies on art would be challenged by his estate. ARS refuses to comply. We have no money fight this in court so we must comply.
- Final sales of Miro and Duchamp. Duchamp is taken off of America Online. We abide by the orders of ARS.
- Final payment is made to ARS for all sales of Duchamp and Miro. A letter is in turn sent to our lawyers indicating that even though final payment has been recieved, we are still obliged to supply regular statements of any sales. Our definition of Final payment is that all sales have been made, accounted for and royalties paid. ARS is either unaware of this, OR questioning our honor.
- No resolution has been reached. We have made our wishes known to ARS that we would like to license to use of the Duchamp name from the estate for the font. They will not persue the issue.
SO- if you own a copy of Duchamp- consider it a collectors item.
If you ever have to deal with ARS, be on your guard. Associates of ours who have dealt with them have consistantly had rather unpleasant results. The goals of this organization are intended to protect artists from unauthorized infringement. Thier tactics are questionable and in the end, hinder the dissemination of art history to the public. They harrass museums who wish to market images from their own collections and inacurately represent the estates they are enlisted to represent. ARS claims to represent over 23,000 artists.
DISCLAIMER- P22 and Its component members make no claim to the names "Miro", "Duchamp", "ARS", "Artists Rights Society" and "America Online". P22 does not represent the names "Miro", "Duchamp", "ARS", "Artists Rights Society" "America Online" and said names are included for factual reference only. The statements expressed herein are merely opinions and should not be taken as fact.
-Rrose Selavy Jr.
If you would like to see the Duchamp font in use. Watch The Single Guy on NBC. Its a wacky sitcom about a wacky bachelor! ITS Wacky!!
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