Coinciding with a large-scale exhibition at Tate Modern, this text explores the life and work of influential Russian artist Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935). He was a key figure in the development of abstract art, and the exhibition at Tate is the first comprehensive retrospective of this avant-garde artist’s impressive oeuvre.
With works ranging from painting to printmaking, the book is investigates the range of Malevich’s influence and his revolutionary teachings and ideas. Working in the midst of revolution, Malevich existed within the social and political context of his time and the work he produced overturned the parameters of painting that were expected, which led to his work being branded as “bourgeois” by the Stalinist regime in the 1930s.
Edited by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Head of Exhibitions at Tate Modern, the book gathers essays from art historians, offering insight into the growth of Malevich’s work over time. The 180 colour illustrations include paintings, drawings and sculpture, as well as the teaching charts he used to explain his ideas to his students.