MARCEL DUCHAMP: THE ART OF CHESS BY FRANCIS M. NAUMANN & BRADLEY BAILEY (w. GAME ANALYSIS BY JENNIFER SHAHADE)
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New York. Readymade Press. 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Jacket Condition: Fine. 133 pp.
This specially-focused monograph is based on the evolution of an art world rumor to an inimitable artistic practice: the art of chess in Duchamp's art. Duchamp's mastery and regular participation in chess tournaments wasn't, according to gossip, a barrier for him and his work. Rather, the psychology of the game inspired complex and codified works that, in this publication, are given the attention necessary to be fully appreciated and critically revealed. With game analysis by chess champion Jennifer Shahade, and the expertise of curator Francis M. Naumann and art historian Bradley Bailey, Duchamp's pieces seem to truly "come into play," in a context that considers his life and work in a completely fascinating way.
Printed on the occasion of the exhibition Marcel Duchamp: Chess Master, Saint Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, 2009 [trav. to Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, 2009].