the art of chess
the art of chess the art of chess
mar 09, 2010

the art of chess

‘modern chess set’, rachel whiteread 2005 all images courtesy of RS&A, london

‘the art of chess’ is an exhibition of seven chess sets created by a group of contemporary artist including tracey emin, tom friedman, damien hirst, barbara kruger, yayoi kusama, alastair mackie and rachel whiteread. each artist infused their own interpretation of the board game in real dimensions.

the exhibition is set to open on the 49th edition of milan furniture fair on april 14th at project b gallery, in milan. this event which is part of the fuori salone will be on display until the may 14th.

‘modern chess set’, detail of chess pieces

‘modern chess set’, detail of chess pieces

‘untitled’, barbara kruger 2006

‘untitled’, detail of chess pieces

‘pumpkin chess’, yayoi kusama

‘untitled’, tom friedman 2005

detail of chess pieces

case housing chess pieces

‘amorphous organic’, alastair mackie 2008

‘amorphous organic’ detail of chess pieces

mental escapology, damien hirst 2003

‘chess set’, tracey emin 2008

  • style! 🙂

    tuan salam says:
  • What a fantastic exhibition. But my favourite will always be the knitted chess set, behind me in my office now, that I got from [url=]CozyColeman[/url]

    dumbledad says:
  • how fun~! 😀

    freewillim says:
  • wouldn’t want to play chess with any of them.

    Walt says:
  • I would like Barbara Kruger’s design, without the unnecessary (yet seemingly obligatory within the modern art scene) screaming photo

    C.Skye.D. says:
  • have to agree with Walt

    noneed says:
  • I guess there must be a market for this mindless tat, but I wouldn’t file it under ‘art’

    cheapandexpensive says:
  • All of those are just plain butt-ugly.

    VonZorch says:
  • i want the afro chess

    riky says:
  • very interesting

    loukwo says:
  • I notice that the comments tell more about the commentors than about the chess sets, “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like”. Which is a valid point. Walt and Noneed are right: all of the sets are difficult if not down right unplayable, which is what makes them art. They are not chess sets, but are about chess sets.

    DWB says:
  • DWB, does knowing more about art make you more of an artist? how do you know you know more about art? How can anyone know more about ‘art’ anyway? This kind of mines bigger than yours mentality was a big trend in the mid 2000’s, but is it still relevant in 2010?
    are the pieces really ‘about’ chess? or just some cheap cash in, spreading even thinner a brand aesthetic, and telling us a lot about the artists inscrutability and little else
    Im all for ‘if I say its art, it is’, but to me this all looks like a desperate pastiche of former glories.
    Hey, hang on, I think Im selling it back to myself here..:-)

    datedpastiche says:
  • wow these are fantastic pieces of work. my favorite peice is the “jack and dinos chest set” with the light and dark skinned human bodies as chess peices. I love the afros!

    emily-onekindofgirl says:
  • Modern Art’s Recipe for Success:

    1. Create a deliberately obscure aesthetic vocabulary that no one without a master’s degree in art can understand.
    2. Create incomprehensible art.
    3. Feel superior to uneducated masses.
    4. Complain that people don’t understand your art.
    5a. Find agent to “sell” incomprehensible art to insecure rich people for a 40% cut; or,
    5b. Apply for public funding.
    6. Profit!

    rocinante says:
  • amazing

    samira says:
  • Wonderful exhibition…..very creative and thought provoking…..even if you donot love the game of chess…it still can make for interesting conversation…

    Artgirl says:
  • look at that redneck chess board! the one with the beer can and crest toothpaste! lol

    bombom says:

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