Yoko Ono's white chess set at Longhouse
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White concrete chess set designed by Yoko Ono in the sculpture gardens at LongHouse, East Hampton, LI, NY. ----------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------- Yoko Ono, "Play It by Trust”, 1999, 16’ 6” x 16’ 6” marble dust, concrete collection of the artist, on permanent loan to LHR, 1999
Waymark Code: WMMNQ
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 08/19/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member LowellHouseGuy
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www.longhouse.org for visiting hours. This is a political statement for Yoko Ono - not suprising - all white pieces on all white squares. During the Cold War both “superpowers” used games, particularly chess, in order to construct an ideology of complete conflict and irreconcilable division between East and West. This essay focuses on the broad cultural challenge to divisive Cold War zero-sum mentality issued by a number of artists—André Breton, Marcel Duchamp and Öyvind Fahlström, and Fluxus artists George Maciunas, George Brecht, Robert Watts, Takako Saito and ,Yoko Ono. These artists, in a second wave of game-focused art, returned to the concerns of surrealist art practice and to earlier cultural game theory. Even conceptual art production was impacted by the predetermined structure of games. As the global conflict dragged on into the 1980s, Deleuze and Guattari also touched upon chess in developing “nomad thought.”
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