THREE MASTERS OF ART AND CHESS:

The minute we refer to a game or combination as beautiful, we are admitting that chess is an art form.

Z E T T E L M A G A Z I N E

MARCEL DUCHAMP

Duchamp plays John Cage in Toronto, 1968, and loses.

Alexander Liberman photographs Duchamp playing chess, in his studio, 1959.

The “Pocket Chess Board”, an invention of Duchamp’s which allowed him to play on the road, from 1943.

Duchamp plays Man Ray, in Paris, and wins.

MAN RAY

Chess set designed by Man Ray, ~1920s.

Man Ray playing smoking and playing a game on his custom chess set.

SALVADOR DALI

Chess set designed by Salvador Dalí, 1964. Commissioned for the American Chess Federation by Marcel Duchamp.

Salvador Dalí posing with one of his custom chess pieces. All of the figures were cast using Dalí’s own fingers except in two cases: the Queen is cast with Dalí’s wife’s finger, and the Rook is cast with a salt shaker from a hotel in New York City.

Salvador Dalí poses with Antoly Karpov in New York City, 1979. Karpov would become the world champion in 1993, and would…

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2 Responses to “THREE MASTERS OF ART AND CHESS:”

  1. Duchamp-y Coconut Lemongrass Chess Pie Says:

    […] Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray playing chess together (image from here) […]

  2. borkotepina Says:

    Dear Sirs, I would very much like to get in touch with Mr. Arnold T. Rosenberg, the author of beautiful photos of Duchamp playing chess on the glass table. I would need to get the author’s permissions for publishing it in art magazine Artwords (from Ljubljana, Slovenia), since I am going to publish the article that talks also about Duchamp (the article that had been presented this year in Nurmberg on the XIX.th Board Game Colloquium),

    please send me a messagge on my address: Borko Tepina, mail: borko.tepina@guest.arnes.si

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