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Thursday, May 19, 2016

3 Cool Art Openings to Check Out This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 1:54 PM

click to enlarge Tom Hackney's Chess Painting No. 62  (Grimme, Luuring, Ree & Krabbe vs. Duchamp, correspondence game, 1961), 2016
  • Tom Hackney's Chess Painting No. 62 (Grimme, Luuring, Ree & Krabbe vs. Duchamp, correspondence game, 1961), 2016

The weekend starts early for the art world with the opening of a new show at the World Chess Hall of Fame tonight. See Tom Hackney's gorgeous squares — or wait until tomorrow or Friday for shows at the Craft Alliance or CAM. 

Tom Hackney: Corresponding Squares — Painting
the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp

World Chess Hall of Fame
4652 Maryland Ave. |
Opens 6-8 p.m. Thu., May 19. Continues through Sept. 11.
French avant-garde artist Marcel Duchamp was an avowed chess fanatic. While the analytical portion of Duchamp’s brain was playing the game, his artistic side was enchanted with the patterns created by the movement of his pieces. Inspired by Duchamp's unique view of chess, British artist Tom Hackney created geometric paintings of individual games, particularly those played by Duchamp himself. Chess Painting No. 54 (Michel vs. Duchamp, Strasbourg, 1924) features criss-crossing yellow slashes left by both bishops’ progress, the red charge of the king’s knight ending prematurely in an apparent capture, and a white defensive wall of pawns dominating the central foreground..

Artists-in-Residence Exhibition
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design
6640 Delmar Blvd. |
Opens 6-8 p.m. Fri., May 20. Continues through Jul. 3.
The Craft Alliance’s artist-in-residence program is designed to bring artists to St. Louis to produce work and engage with the city and its citizens. The pieces produced by 2016 resident artists Tamryn McDermott (fiber), Jessica Anderson (metal), Virginia Eckinger (clay), Emilie Mulcahey (metal) and Megan Singleton (fiber) are featured in this group show, which includes everything from wearable jewelry (Mulcahey’s dramatic red brooches) to installations (among them Singleton’s metallic-looking flowers and McDermott’s reclaimed bricks and stonework bound together by delicate nets).

Nomad Studio: Green Air
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Blvd. |
Opens 1 p.m. Sat., May 21. Continues through Aug. 14.
For its second installation at the Contemporary, the museum's courtyard will be transformed by 2,000 slices of poplar wood suspended from the trellis in a wave pattern. Individual Tillandsia air plants are attached to each sliver of wood, creating a natural canopy of living green swaying overhead. But while the plants need only light and air to survive, they are susceptible to pollution. The cleaner the air, the healthier the installation — and the city. Complimentary lemonade will be served in the atrium on the first Saturday of the month through August 6.

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