Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Kasimir Malevich (1878-1935)

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Painters were examining magistrates, police officers who wrote out assorted warrants on spoiled merchandise, on thefts, on murders and on bums.


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Kazimir Malevich (Polish: Malewicz, Ukrainian: Malevych), (February 23, 1878 - May 15, 1935). Born in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainian painter and art theoretician, pioneer of geometric abstract art. He studied at the Kiev School of Art and the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. After early experiments with various modernist styles, in 1915, in Petrograd, he introduced his abstract, non-objective geometric patterns in a style and artistic movement he called suprematism; his most famous painting is White on White (1918). Malevich taught at the Vitsebsk Art Institute in Belarus (1919-22),the Leningrad Academy of Arts (1922-27),and the Kyiv State Art Institute (1927-29). He wrote the book The World as Non-Objectivity (1926; English trans. 1976) on his theories. When the Stalinist regime turned against modernist "bourgeois" art, Malevich was persecuted. Many of his works were confisacted and/or destroyed. He died in poverty and oblivion. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Kasimir Malevich.]

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