Celebrating Suprematism

New Approaches to the Art of Kazimir Malevich


Celebrating Suprematism throws vital new light on Kazimir Malevich’s abstract style and the philosophical, scientific, aesthetic, and ideological context within which it emerged and developed. The essays in the collection, which have been produced by established specialists as well as new scholars in the field, tackle a wide range of issues and establish a profound and nuanced appreciation of Suprematism’s place in twentieth-century visual and intellectual culture. Complementing detailed analyses of The Black Square (1915), Malevich’s theories and statements, various developments at Unovis, Suprematism’s relationship to ether physics, and the impact that Malevich’s style had on the design of textiles, porcelain and architecture, there are also discussions of Suprematism’s relationship to Russian Constructivism and avant-garde groups in Poland and Hungary.

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Christina Lodder is Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Kent. Her numerous publications include Russian Constructivism (1983), Constructing Modernity: The Art and Career of Naum Gabo (co-author, 2000), Rethinking Malevich (co-editor, 2007), and Utopian Reality (co-editor 2013).
Contents Acknowledgements Figures Notes on Contributors Introduction Christina Lodder 1 New Information Concerning The Black Square Irina Vakar 2 Defining Suprematism: the Year of Discovery Charlotte Douglas 3 Malevich, the Fourth Dimension, and the Ether of Space One Hundred Years Later Linda Dalrymple Henderson 4 The Path of Empirical Criticism in Russia or `The Milky Way of Inventors' Alexander Bouras 5 Kazimir Malevich, Unovis, and the Poetics of Materiality Maria Kokkori 6 Branches of Unovis in Smolensk and Orenburg Alexander Lisov 7 Suprematism and/or Supremacy of Architecture Samuel Johnson 8 Lazar Khidekel and Suprematism as an Embodiment of the Infinite Regina Khidekel 9 `\dots In our time, when it became We \dots': a Previously Unknown Essay by Kazimir Malevich Tatiana Goriacheva 10 `A thing of quality defies being produced in quantity': Suprematist Porcelain and Its Afterlife in Leningrad Design Yulia Karpova 11 Suprematist Textiles Julia Tulovsky 12 Suprematism: a Shortcut into the Future: the Reception of Malevich by Polish and Hungarian Artists during the Inter-War Period \unichr{00C9}va Forg\unichr{00E1}cs 13 Conflicting Approaches to Creativity? Suprematism and Constructivism Christina Lodder Index
Anyone interested in modernism, the development of abstraction, Russian art and culture of the 1910s and 1920s, the movement of fine art into design, the relationship between art and science, Russian Avant-Garde, Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism, Unovis, constructivism, architecture, El Lissitzky.