Two Purling London Art Chess sets, by Daniela Raytchev and Crystal Fischetti are being exhibited at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, MO, USA, alongside Yoko Ono, Barbara Kruger, Sophie Matisse and others from 29th October 2015.
TWELVE WOMEN EXPLORE SOCIETAL ISSUES THROUGH CHESS IN NEW EXHIBITION OPENING AT THE WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME
The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) is pleased to announce the opening of a thought-provoking exhibition of multi-media chess artwork by world-renowned female artists: Ladies’ Knight: A Female Perspective on Chess. The show opens on Thursday, Oct. 29 and presents works by artists Crystal Fischetti, Debbie Han, Barbara Kruger, Liliya Lifanova, Goshka Macuga, Sophie Matisse, Yoko Ono, Daniela Raytchev, Jennifer Shahade, Yuko Suga, Diana Thater and Rachel Whiteread. Their diverse interpretations of the game range from playful and feminine to serious and encourage dialogue on subjects such as crime, language, peace and conflict, notions of beauty and inequality.
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to showcase such a powerful roster of well-established — and emerging — female artists under one roof,” said Shannon Bailey, WCHOF chief curator. “The artists collectively explore a range of subject matter which offers a visually rich and stimulating viewing experience.”
The mission of the WCHOF is to advance public awareness around the cultural and artistic significance of chess, a game that has historically been male-dominated but in which women play a central role.
“This is a breakthrough exhibit on many levels,” said Jean Hoffman, Executive Director of the United States Chess Federation, who has been active in empowering individuals — and specifically women and girls — through chess. “It allows viewers to experience chess as a communications vehicle regarding relevant, pressing issues of our time through the lens of powerful and talented female artists.”
The Purling London Art Chess set by Raytchev and Fischetti are in collaboration with Debut Contemporary gallery, Notting Hill.