levy-chess-tournament-1Fotografia por Julien Levy / Colagem por Dorothea Tanning (Nova Iorque, 1945)

“There, one evening (January 5, 1945), in the Julien Levy Gallery a small invited public watched seven chessboards manned by seven intrepid players: Julien himself; Frederick Kiesler, avant-garde architect and dreamer; Alfred Barr, the director of the Museum of Modern Art; Xanti Schawinsky, chess whiz; Vittorio Rieti, composer dear to Balanchine; Max Ernst; and me, Dorothea, all of us braced to take on blindfolded chess master George Koltanowski. Marcel Duchamp called out the moves. (For the record: everyone lost except Kiesler, who managed a draw.)”

Dorothea Tanning in Between Lives: An Artist and Her World (W.W. Norton & Company, 2001)