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Malevich (Great Modern Masters) Hardcover – 1 Sep 1996

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 01 edition (1 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810946912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810946910
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.9 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,511,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kazimir Malevich, 1878-1935, was a founder of the Russian avant-garde movement, Suprematism, that can be thought of as a radical form of abstraction. He is, perhaps, best known for creating several versions of his painting, “Black Square”, 1915, considered to be a ‘totally bare icon without a frame’. When it was originally exhibited, it was hung at an angle and placed in a corner, which was seen as a sacred niche.

Because of such works, his involvement with Futurist poets in ‘Zaum’ – a theoretical language that denied all attempts at logical expression, and his role in the political administration of art that followed the Russian Revolution, Malevich has often been considered to be a ‘difficult’ artist to appreciate. All the more reason for this book, published in 1995 in a translation from the Spanish by Alberto Curotto, to be included in the Abrams’ Great Modern Masters series to introduce readers to Malevich, his work and his ideas. A key feature of this book is its inclusion of early paintings and works from different periods thereafter so that his artistic development can be better assessed.

The book contains two brief illustrated essays, ‘Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde’ that is subdivided into ‘The Specifics of Painting’, ‘An Experimental Art’, ‘Ground Zero’ and ‘’The Return to Order’’, and ‘Kazemir Malevich 1878-1935’ subdivided into ‘In the Avant-Garde’, Cubo-Futurism’, ‘Suprematist Abstraction’ and ‘Under the Black Square’.

There are 68 illustrations, including 53 full-page colour plates that range from “Portrait of a Member of the Artist’s Family”, 1906, to “Self-Portrait” and “The Worker”, both from 1933.
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HASH(0x8ee72e88) out of 5 stars Colors a bit off, but good overall 12 July 2009
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Format: Hardcover
As in all titles in the Great Modern Masters series published by Abrams: Colors are not vibrant, often with a brownish tint or/and too dark, and their accuracy is just O.K. There are 64 pages of a good size 9.5x12 inches (24x30.5 cm). It begins with an introduction with 5-6 small b&w pictures on 2 pages, which is followed by a biography with 5-6 small b&w pictures on 2 next pages. The rest is dedicated to good size over 60 full color plates divided into chapters dedicated to artist's carrier periods, style directions, or themes, each described by 12-16 lines of text. The series is inferior to the same size paperback series published by Taschen in 1990s, but superior to Taschen's series of smaller sizes published latter. Unfortunately, the Taschen series does not cover Bacon, Botero, Brancusi, Braque, Calder, de Chirico, Johns, Kokoschka, Leger, Man Ray, Malevich, Modigliani, and Rouault this series does.
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