Join us as we celebrate the launch of Duchamp’s Pipe: A Chess Romance – Marcel Duchamp & George Koltanowski (North Atlantic Books), featuring author and artist Celia Rabinovitch in conversation with artist and writer, Ann McCoy.
Spanning three decades, four continents, two world wars, and the international art and chess scenes of the mid twentieth century, Duchamp's Pipe explores the remarkable friendship between art world enfant terrible Marcel Duchamp and blindfold chess champion George Koltanowski. Celia Rabinovitch traces each man's rise to prominence, the chess matches that sparked their relationship, and the recently discovered pipe that Duchamp gave to Koltanowski. This tale of genius and resilience offers insights into the meaning of the gift in the bohemian underground, revealing the bond between the chess wizard George Koltanowski and the artist Marcel Duchamp.
Celia Rabinovitch (PhD, MFA), artist, writer and scholar, weaves the artist’s experience into a new understanding of modern art. Her publications connect art, history, biography, poetry and spiritual experience. Her luminous paintings have been shown in Canada, Europe and the USA. Duchamp’s Pipe is her second book. http://www.duchampspipe.com/
Ann McCoy is an artist, writer, and Editor at Large for the Brooklyn Rail in New York. She was given a Guggenheim Foundation award in 2019, for painting and sculpture. http://www.annmccoy.com/