Malevich: Beyond The Black Square

According to the New York Review, there has never been a better year to look at the work of Kazimir Malevich, a pioneer of abstract art often seen as the greatest Russian painter of the twentieth century. “Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art,” first shown in Amsterdam, and now at London’s Tate Modern, is the most comprehensive exhibition of his work ever. Malevich is known above all for his Black Square (1915)—a black square surrounded by a margin of white—the most prominent of the abstract, geometric paintings he called Suprematist, first shown at the “0.10” exhibition in Petrograd in 1915. Pictured is “Knife Grinder (Principle of Glittering),” 1912–1913.

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