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Dalia Judovitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665297

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665297.001.0001

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Endgame Strategies: Art, Chess, and Creativity

Endgame Strategies: Art, Chess, and Creativity

(p.101) 3 Endgame Strategies: Art, Chess, and Creativity
Drawing on Art

Dalia Judovitz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers the potential significance of chess to Marcel Duchamp’s efforts to rethink the nature of art and the artist. It studies the features of the game to understand how it could help in redefining the meaning of art. The analogy between chess and art provides a new understanding of artistic production that conceptually challenges conventional oppositions of work and play, determination and indeterminacy, and creative and appropriate agency. It also evaluates the idea of spectatorship that will challenge passivity by encouraging intervention and play.

Keywords:   chess, Marcel Duchamp, nature of art, meaning of art, artistic production, spectatorship

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