Black Square: Malevich and the Origin of Suprematism
by Aleksandra Shatskikh
Translated from the Russian by Marian Schwartz
Yale University Press, 2012
Kazimir Malevich's painting "Black Square" is one of the twentieth century's emblematic paintings, the visual manifestation of a new period in world artistic culture at its inception. None of Malevich's contemporary revolutionaries created a manifesto, an emblem, as capacious and in its own way unique as this work; it became both the quintessence of the Russian avant-gardist's own art—which he called Suprematism—and a milestone on the highway of world art. Writing about this single painting, Aleksandra Shatskikh sheds new light on Malevich, the Suprematist movement, and the Russian avant-garde.