Opening reception: Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m.
Painting the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp
Hackney’s paintings are geometric abstractions based on the movement of chess pieces in games played by the celebrated French artist and chess player, Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), from the early 1920s through the 1960s. Duchamp once said that playing a game of chess was like making a drawing: “The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts, and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem.”
Some paintings are in black and white, like opposing chess pieces in a traditional chess game, while others are derived from a color-coded chess set that Duchamp designed in 1920.
On view until September 11, 2016. WCHOF: 4652 Maryland Avenue.