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Man Ray: Chess Pieces

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The king is a pyramid, the queen is a cone, the bishop is a flagon, the rook is a cube and the pawn is a sphere. Man Ray, the American icon of Dada and Surrealism who has more than 100 works in MoMA's collection, made his now-classic chess set with found objects from around his studio. The knight, perhaps the most striking piece, is represented by a scroll-shaped violin finial. Chess set and board sold separately.
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    Man Ray
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    3.25h x 1.5w x 1.5 depth
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This design was inspired by Man Ray's lifelong friendship with avid chess player and fellow artist Marcel Duchamp. In this re-edition of the 1920s Wooden Chess Set, a metal version of which is in MoMA 's collection, Man Ray translates traditional chess pieces in geometric forms.

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