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Playing with Chess

“Playing with Chess” features art related to the game of chess by an eclectic group of 22 artists from the metro areas of Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, the Valley and West Texas. The work includes creations of glass, clay, collage, assemblage, painting and metal.

The exhibition pays homage to a little known show that opened in December of 1944 at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York City. Titled The Imagery of Chess, it was conceived by gallery owner Levy, chess master and Dadaist Marcel Duchamp and the Surrealist painter and sculptor Max Ernst . It included chess-inspired artwork by over 30 artists, including Alexander Calder, Man Ray, André Breton, Robert Motherwell and John Cage who would emerge as significant figures in the second half of the 20th century.

Organized by Future Akins, associate professor art at Texas Tech University, “Playing with Chess” continues the tradition of this unique collaboration and conflation of art, chess, history and culture.

Participating artists: Chris Adams, Donna Finch Adams, Future Akins, Steve Black, David Bondt, Camille Brantley, Arlene Cason, M.C. Farris, Francys Flanagan, William Flint, Dawna Gillespie, Caleb Jack, Norman Kary, Shawn Knuckles, Jayson Luce, Daniel Rodriguez, Bob Rynearson, Marco Sanchez, Jim Shivers, Barb Stewart, Jon Whitfill and Chase Yarbrough


September 08, 2018 to November 25, 20186:00pm


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Irving Arts Center Galleries & Sculpture Garden
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving 75062

(972) 252-7558


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