Foreshadowed: Malevich’s Black Square and Its Precursors

Foreshadowed: Malevich’s Black Square and Its Precursors
Library Shelf Location 03.SPIR
Publication Date 2022

When Kasimir Malevich’s Black Square was produced in 1915, no one had ever seen anything like it before. And yet it does have precedents. In fact, over the previous five hundred years, several painters, writers, philosophers, scientists and censors – each working independently towards an absolute statement of their own – alighted on the form of the black square or rectangle, as if for the first time.

This book explores the resonances between Malevich’s Black Square and its precursors, showing how a ‘genealogical’ thread binds them together into an intriguing, and sometimes quirky, sequence of modulations. Andrew Spira discovers how each predecessor both foreshadows Malevich’s work and, paradoxically, throws light on it, revealing layers of meaning that are often overlooked but which are as relevant today as ever.

ISBN 9781789145359
Quantity 1
Pages 144 p, 77 ills, 70 in color, 215 × 165 × 17 mm
Author Andrew Spira
Format Hardback
Publisher Reaktion Books Ltd
Category Modern Art History
Keywords Geneological, Layers, Meaning, Intriguing, Quirky, Sequence, Modulations, Context, Origins, Precursers, Iconic, Fascinating, Philosophical, Mysterious
Language English

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