Sunday, March 18, 2007

Chess and the Nude

I had of of my greatest love story starting with chess playing, long hours - night times, pondering with the out-most concentration over the chess tools, over my crimson Persian carpet...noting to do with this explicit :) photos...

Photograph of Marcel Duchamp and Eve Babitz posing for the photographer Julian Wasser during the Duchamp retrospective at the Pasadena Museum of Art, 1963.

(i do remember learning about Marcel Duchamp's obsession with chess, for which he professed to "quit" making art in the early 1920s, has been meticulously documented by critics and historians...but no one told us, to what extreme extravaganza he went, while playing it...and what an inspiring environment he had, while the space of the room is populated with some of his most famous/beautiful works of art)

Belly Chess and Body Paint. This must come from the 1980ties

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5 comments:

orangeguru said...

Knight humps Queen. ;-)

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Miguel said...

Duchamp's work might be famous but beautiful? He was opposed to the aesthetic and absorbed in his own nauseating ideals of "belief" and thought of the aesthetic as a failed attempt to express inner creativity. He wasn't after beauty and he was sexually repressed. That is why he is playing a beautiful nude in chess. Women are the traditionally the embodiment sensual desire, beauty, and treated as void of intellect. He thinks that emotion and feeling are somehow detached from creative and intelligent thought. He thinks you can think deeply without feeling deeply. He proposed that objects should be looked upon "dispassionately" and would be frustrated by your comment. If you honestly see beauty in it was in despite of him. He denied beauty and his work is void and pathetic. He perverted himself. Inspiring environment? more like a lifeless shell.