29 Apr '16, 10am

Why #Duchamp loved chess & the story of this pipe, which he presented to an opponent

Why #Duchamp loved chess & the story of this pipe, which he presented to an opponent

In 1915, Duchamp moved to New York for the first time, where unbeknownst to him he was already something of a celebrity. He landed in high-society art circles, meeting the collector Walter Arensberg, the poet Alfred Kreymbord, Dr Ernest Southard, and Man Ray . By chance they were all keen chess players. Duchamp became a key figure in late-night chess sessions at the Arensbergs’ West 67th Street apartment. As Kreymborg told the Boston Evening Transcript : ‘Duchamp loves to laugh, with a wicked chuckle, especially over a solemn, long drawn out game of chess, of which he is so fond that he will sit up through the night until breakfast time arrives.’ Pictures of Duchamp’s studio at the time, circa 1917, show a large chessboard on the wall for studying chess positions. Still feeling he was too close to the art world, Duchamp moved to Buenos Aires in 1918, playing in local chess...

Full article: http://www.christies.com/features/Marcel-Duchamp-his-pipe...

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