Jeremy Millar

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Untitled (ink stamps)

Printed paper pad, chess pieces, rubber stamps, ink pads, table chairs

This work is centred upon a specially-made chess set, the pieces of which have, on their base, ink stamps; the designs of these stamps are based upon those made by Duchamp while in Buenos Aires in 1919. Although Duchamp used his stamps to record single moves in correspondence chess, or to record final positions at the end of a game, the result here is confusion rather than clarity, an overlaying of movements that suggest the artist’s own early chess-related paintings, such as The King and The Queens Traversed by Swift Nudes (1912).
    The game played out here is between Duchamp and the Austrian Eduard Glass, from the 1933 Chess Olympiad; the game ended in defeat for Duchamp.

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