Kazimir Malevich: Suprematism
Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York; Deutsche Bank, Berlin; and the Menil Foundation, Houston. One of Malevich’s foundational ideas is quoted in the book: “It is from zero, in zero, that true movement of being begins.” Malevich was a deeply spiritual individual, and his work marks the beginning of pure non-objectivity in the history of art—in its most rigorous, philosophical form—and, by extension, minimalism in all of its myriad latter iterations, later explored at length by artists in the 60s and 70s. It was important for the book not to allow him to be pigeon-holed as a constructivist—a common misperception. Malevich opened the door to a form of modern art that continues to define us to this day, and its roots, as manifest in his work, is about spirituality and purity, hence the black cover, which is actually a tight detail of one of the paintings. The book’s grid emphasizes the square, as a kind of platonic foundation upon which his work and his thinking was built. The font, Frutiger Light, points toward the subsequent minimalism he anticipated. January 2003. 278 pages, 284 × 244 mm. ISBN 0-87207-265-2.
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