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Chess As Art

Posted by on 4/6/2014 to Community
     I am fascinated by the game of chess and its evolution since it was first played around 500 c.e..  As Garry Kasparov, the world's most famous chess player (and human rights activist), has noted in this introduction to the book Chess Masterpieces One Thousand Years of Extraordinary Chess Sets, "[T]he pieces are almost an abstraction, symbols that have the same value whether they are cast in wood, stone, or even as pixels on a computer screen."

In honor of the 11th Annual KCF All-Girls National Chess Championship, which begin s this Friday, here is a look at chess sets created by some of our favorite modern and contemporary  artists! Do you have any to add?

                                             Isamu Noguchi, Chess Set, 1944

                                               Salvador Dali, Fingers, 1960

                                    Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Chess, 2003

                  Barbara Kruger Untitled (Do You Feel Comfortable Losing?) 2006

                                  Rachel Whiteread, Modern Chess Set, 2005 

                                         Yoko Ono Play it by Trust, 1977