Bradley Bailey is an associate professor of art history at Saint Louis University. He is coauthor of Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess with Francis M. Naumann and Jennifer Shahade. His analysis of the origins of Fountain drawn from an unpublished interview with Duchamp will be published in the Summer 2022 issue of October.
No Endgame in SightBy Bradley Bailey
Intimidated but inspired, I identified an aspect of Duchamps life that had not been investigated quite so rigorously: his passion for chess, a pursuit that appeared to have been as curious to art historians as his art had undoubtedly been to his chess competitors.