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Chess as Metaphor
Jeanlouis Cornuz

Chess as Metaphor continues the journey through Samuel Bak's body of work by reproducing canvases from 1990 through 1991. In this book, Bak has placed pawns, knights, bishops, rooks, queens and kings in a surreal setting. The game boards of chess are dramatically incorporated into the earthly natural terrain. The sublime and the beautiful work together in Bak's chess paintings to create images of personal triumph and defeat. The powerful visual vocabulary of Bak's painting needs little commentary; however the essays presented by Jeanlouis Cornuz, chess authority and art critic, help enhance our understanding of these works and their context historically and visually.

1991, Pucker Art Publications and C.A. Olsommer
Slip cased hardcover measuring 9 ¾ x 8 ¾”
84 pages with full color images, in both French and English.
ISBN: 1-879985-02-0