It seems Duchamp asked himself the same question. In 1920, after threatening to abandon the art world and study chess full time, he wrote, “Naturally this is the part of my life that I enjoy most.” His love of chess is evident in his work: The figures in The Large Glass recall rooks arranged carefully on a board. Duchamp wished to fuse art and chess. The popular opinion, espoused by historians, proposes that Duchamp saw the art world as a This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 50 Close Knit Close Knit: Meet the weavers keeping traditional Egyptian tapestrymaking alive. Arts & Culture Issue 50 New Roots The Palestinian art and agriculture collective sowing seeds of community. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Mass Destruction “Artists are often left baffled by the fact that they have millions of monthly streams, yet only a couple of thousand followers on social media.” Arts & Culture Issue 49 On the Cheap The greatness of cultural worsts. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Checked Out Why is hotel art so boring?