By F. Lanier Graham
No online game HAS goodbye and wealthy a historical past as
chess; extra has been written approximately it than
any different video game. apparently, besides the fact that, little
has been written approximately chesspieces. This
profusely illustrated quantity explores the
evolution and improvement of the "tools" of
the nice online game from the 5th via the
twentieth century. F. Lanier Graham, Assistant
Curator, division of Architecture
and layout of The Museum of Morlern
Art, offers a heritage of chess via his
discussion of the layout and which means of the
pieces, and hence provides a desirable subject
from a brand new vantage element. Of particular
interest is the part at the extra important
modern units, which provides Mr.
Graham's view that modern designs
offer a brand new truth to the traditional and revered
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L\bove : FIG . 14 • Alexander Calder. Chess set. Before 1944. \rVood) bent melal and screws. r,,1 r. >. Marcel Duchampl :\lew York. Below : FIG. :hard Kamhollz. ,\ set. ] 949. ;; unknown. rl, Ne\v York. sercws. Above: FIG. 56 Arthur Hammer. Ches:; :;�t and board. 1967. Painted nut:; awl bolts on aluminum board, 6Vz in. high. Court('�y of the: designer. Below : fiG. 57 l\'l ichel C;ui no. Chess set and boarrl. 1967. AU1 0TT10hik engine parts, bronzed and chromed, on an aluminum hoard, 9�'" in. high.
35 The Chess Players. ) , ca. 1590. Oil on 401·%8 in, Berlin-Dahlem Museum, Berlin. "Institutionalized Individualism" that integrated the psychologicaIIy con sonant developments ofreligious protestantism, economic capitalism, political democracy and aesthetic single-point perspective. In this era of almost unparalleled creativity, designers generated a multi tude of new shapes for the board. There were so many different types that it is difficult to trace a consistent line of formal development.
1967. AU1 0TT10hik engine parts, bronzed and chromed, on an aluminum hoard, 9�'" in. high. Courtesy of Gall erie Lt. Cloche� Paris. T W E N" T 1 E T H CENTCRY 60 slightly formed things (Bishop) and simply found things (King and Queen) . Calderls use of the straight screw and the eye screw for King and Queen is an excellent exarnple of how a Dada eye can discover i n ordinary everyday surroundings something as appropriate for a chess set as universal symbols for male and female. The possibility of making a useful chess set out of objects as simple as nuts and bolts has intrigued a number of designers.