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ISBN-10: 178914535X
ISBN-13: 9781789145359
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 07/06/2022
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 6.40" W, 0.70" H

Foreshadowed: Malevich’s Black Square and Its Precursors

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An exploration of Kasimir Malevich’s radical 1915 artwork, its predecessors, and its continuing relevance.

When Kasimir’s Malevich’s Black Square was produced in 1915, no one had ever seen anything like it before. And yet it does have precedents. In fact, over the previous five hundred years, several painters, writers, philosophers, scientists, and censors–each working independently towards an absolute statement of their own–alighted on the form of the black square or rectangle, as if for the first time.

This book explores the resonances between Malevich’s Black Square and its precursors, showing how a so-called genealogical thread binds them together into an intriguing, and sometimes quirky, sequence of modulations. Andrew Spira’s book explores how each predecessor both foreshadows Malevich’s work and, paradoxically, throws light on it, revealing layers of meaning that are often overlooked but which are as relevant today as ever.

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"Spira has written an extraordinary and fascinating book about one of the simplest paintings ever made. Brilliant, witty, personal, and inspired, it is full of surprises."–John Milner, author of Kazimir Malevich and the Art of Geometry
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ISBN-10: 178914535X
ISBN-13: 9781789145359
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 07/06/2022
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 6.40" W, 0.70" H
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