"ALL ARTISTS ARE NOT CHESS PLAYERS" : Allan Savage on Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia
By Michael Leonard
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1911. Oil on canvas 108 x 101 cm. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
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"For Marcel Duchamp, chess was almost everything. As his friend, the author Henri-Pierre Roché, noted: "He needed a good chess game like a baby needs his bottle." It featured throughout his art career, from his early painting Portrait of Chess Players (1911) to Reunion, the performance/chess game he staged with John Cage in 1968 on an electronically prepared board." ...Source
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