Keith Haring: Radiant Gambit

World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis, MO, USA
November 19, 2020 - May 16, 2021
November 19, 2020 - May 16, 2021

The exhibition is the largest, solo collection of Haring’s work ever shown in Saint Louis

SAINT LOUIS (November 13, 2020) – The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) will host an opening reception for its newest exhibition, Keith Haring: Radiant Gambit, celebrating the legacy of world-renowned artist Keith Haring, on November 19, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The reception will include bottled cocktails by Brennan’s on the WCHOF outdoor chess patio, timed curator-led tours of all three exhibitions and a virtual tour on the museum’s website, Facebook and YouTube channels.

 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 two-floor exhibition will feature 130 works, including a never-before-seen private collection of Keith Haring’s work via Pan Art Connections, Inc., loans from the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in Saint Louis and photographs of Haring by Allan Tannebaum. Two artists, LA2 (Angel Ortiz) who befriended Haring as a teen and collaborated with the artist for six years, and Thierry Noir, credited as the first artist to paint on the Berlin Wall, will have hand-painted chess sets in this show, in addition to Sickboy and Darren John, two UK-based street artists. Two commercially manufactured posthumous chess sets featuring artwork by Haring will also be on display.

As part of Radiant Gambit, the WCHOF also invited four Saint Louis artists (Dail Chambers, Stan Chisholm, Edo Rosenblith and Peat EYEZ Wollaeger) to contribute to the exhibition. They took inspiration from the art and life of Keith Haring and the game of chess to create a diverse array of artwork, ranging from murals to an illuminated chess set. The exhibition is supported by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

“Since the World Chess Hall of Fame opened in Saint Louis in 2011, we have always showcased and celebrated Saint Louis and regional artists,” said Bailey. “All four of these artists have reinterpreted chess and Haring’s messaging into original, thought-provoking work that will become part of the World Chess Hall of Fame’s permanent collection.”

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