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Friday, December 18, 2020

St. Louis' World Chess Hall of Fame Hosting Massive Keith Haring Exhibit

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 4:38 PM

click to enlarge Keith Haring at Work in his Studio - COURTESY ALLAN TANNENBAUM
  • courtesy Allan Tannenbaum
  • Keith Haring at Work in his Studio

If the Queen’s Gambit sparked an interest in chess or you’re a lover of pop art or queer history, there is a unique exhibit happening in St. Louis right now that you’ll want to check out.

The Keith Haring: Radiant Gambit exhibit is currently on display at the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Avenue, 314-367-9243) in the Central West End.



The exhibit is the largest solo collection of Haring’s work ever shown in St. Louis and it includes more than 130 works spread across two floors, including a never-before-seen private collection of the artist's work.

click to enlarge Your move. - VILAC, KEITH HARING CHESS SET, 2019, COLLECTION OF THE WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, KEITH HARING ARTWORK COPYRIGHT ©️ KEITH HARING FOUNDATION
  • Vilac, Keith Haring Chess Set, 2019, Collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame, Keith Haring artwork copyright ©️ Keith Haring Foundation
  • Your move.

From the World Chess Hall of Fame:

"Keith Haring: Radiant Gambit features artwork by Haring, a world-renowned artist known for his art that proliferated in the New York subway system during the early 1980s. The exhibition includes a never-before-seen private collection of Haring’s works and photographs of the artist, bespoke street art chess sets from Purling London and newly-commissioned pieces by Saint Louis artists, all paying homage to the late icon.

‘The World Chess Hall of Fame is honored to present the art of Keith Haring in this exhibition, which includes work spanning the entirety of his career,’ said WCHOF Chief Curator Shannon Bailey. ‘Haring’s influence, even though he passed away over 30 years ago, is still prevalent to this day. He believed art was for everybody, just as the World Chess Hall of Fame believes chess is for everybody.’"

The Hall of Fame is also displaying Haring-inspired works from local artists Dail Chambers, Stan Chisholm, Edo Rosenblith and Peat Wollaeger with styles of artwork ranging from murals to an illuminated chess set.

Keith Haring: Radiant Gambit is open now and runs through May 21, 2021.

For more information about the exhibit or to find details about the safety procedures and guest guidelines at the show, visit worldchesshof.org.

click to enlarge Haring's distinctive art is recognized all around the world. - KEITH HARING, LITHOGRAPH TO ACCOMPANY THE UNITED NATIONS STAMP: “INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR”, EDITION 362/1000, 1984, PRIVATE COLLECTION, KEITH HARING ARTWORK COPYRIGHT ©️ KEITH HARING FOUNDATION
  • Keith Haring, Lithograph to Accompany The United Nations Stamp: “International Youth Year”, edition 362/1000, 1984, Private Collection, Keith Haring artwork copyright ©️ Keith Haring Foundation
  • Haring's distinctive art is recognized all around the world.

click to enlarge The World Chess Hall of Fame is also displaying Haring-inspired works from local artists Dail Chambers, Stan Chisholm (pictured), Edo Rosenblith and Peat Wollaeger. - AUSTIN FULLER, COURTESY OF THE WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME
  • Austin Fuller, Courtesy of the World Chess Hall of Fame
  • The World Chess Hall of Fame is also displaying Haring-inspired works from local artists Dail Chambers, Stan Chisholm (pictured), Edo Rosenblith and Peat Wollaeger.

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