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Duchamp's Pipe: A Chess Romance--Marcel Duchamp and George Koltanowski

Authors: Rabinovitch, Celia
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
BISAC/Subject: BIO001000, GAM001030, ART015100
ISBN: 9781623173579, Related ISBNs: 1623173566, 1623173574, 9781623173562, 9781623173579
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 256,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Art, chess, and an $87,000 pipe frame an inside look at the relationship between Dadaist artist Marcel Duchamp and chess Grandmaster George Koltanowski

Spanning three decades, two continents, two world wars, and the international art and chess scenes of the mid twentieth century, Duchamp's Pipe explores the remarkable friendship between art world enfant terrible Marcel Duchamp and blindfold chess champion George Koltanowski. Artist and cultural historian Celia Rabinovitch describes each man's rise to prominence, the chess matches that sparked their relationship, and the recently discovered pipe that Duchamp gave to Koltanowski. This tale of genius and resilience offers fresh insights into the essence of the gift in the bohemian underground. Rabinovitch invites us to discover the chess wizard and a Duchamp slightly off pedestal--and ultimately more human.
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