Simon Morley’s new book presents a seven-tiered analytical framework that aims to make even the most inscrutable works of modern art accessible.
Art of the Russian Revolution, Through Contemporary Eyes
The Russian Revolution was an unparalleled disaster, but its artistic tradition remains of enormous interest.
The Soviet Art School that Cemented Suprematism’s Spot in History
For a brief moment, Soviet Russia looked like Camelot, and artists like Marc Chagall, Kazimir Malevich, and El Lissitzky banded together to paint the way toward that utopian future with the People’s Art School in modern-day Belarus.
An Art School Started by Marc Chagall that Became a Modernist Wasteland
The Centre Pompidou examines the thrilling but lesser-known story of the People’s Art School, founded in 1918 by the painter Marc Chagall in his hometown of Vitebsk.
From Michelangelo to Marden, Seven Fierce Fistfights from Art History
WASHINGTON, DC — In her ongoing series Le ‘NEW’ Monocle, Shana Lutker creates stage sets and performances based on the circumstances and philosophical undertones of fistfights instigated by Surrealists in Paris in the 1920s.
Art Historians Find Racist Joke Hidden Under Malevich’s “Black Square”
Over the years, many an artistic masterpiece has been discovered hiding beneath layers of paint on reused canvases.
Modernist Male Art Is Timeless, but Not Timely
PARIS — According to Sigmund Freud, a key that opens a room in a dream is unmistakably phallic.
The Funerals of Artists
As a last statement, our funerals are remarkable as much for their uniformity as for their conclusion of highly personal lives.
Malevich in his Milieu
LONDON — The Tate Modern’s Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art exhibition explores the career of Kazimir Malevich, presenting a complete image of the painter, sculptor, teacher, and revolutionary member of the early Soviet avant-garde, whose trajectory as an innovative artist mirrored the tumultuous decades surrounding the Soviet revolution.
Kazimir Malevich’s Little-Known Perfume Bottle
Before artists are lionized, canonized, given major retrospectives at major museums, they are people. And when they are people, they are often poor, and so they must find ways to make money. Paul Gauguin tried his hand as a stockbroker, Henri Rousseau worked as a toll collector for most of his life, and Kazimir Malevich — whose retrospective opens at Tate Modern today — designed a perfume bottle.
Art Historian Says “Ideological Censorship Is Happening” in Russia
In a candid interview with the Germany’s Deutsche Welle last week, the Russian art historian Ekaterina Degot stated that freedom in Russia’s cultural sector is quickly diminishing.
Snowed-in Suprematism? Winter Olympics Posters Pay Homage to Kazimir Malevich
Sochi 2014, the Russian organization responsible for this year’s Winter Olympics and Paralympics in the city of Sochi, has released the event’s promotional posters, among them works channeling the spirit of Kazimir Malevich.