The game of chess has intrigued and fascinated people of all cultures throughout the ages and is a motif oft-repeated in literature and the visual arts. The Art of Chess is an exhibition which features chess sets put together by ten important contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama who encloses the game in one of her trademark polka dot pumpkins. Each artist interprets the game on his or her own terms: Tunga chooses two sets of teeth, Matthew Ronay goes picnic and Rachel Whiteread puts it into cosy domestic terms.
The Art of Chess is on exhibit at Luhring Augustine in New York until December 23.
And until March 5, 2006, the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City presents The Imagery of Chess Revisited, an exhibition that comprises over 80 chess sets and chess-themed works by a wide variety of 20th century artists.