ISBN-10:
0948462817
ISBN-13:
9780948462818
Pub. Date:
03/28/2003
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Kazimir Malevich: The Climax of Disclosure

Kazimir Malevich: The Climax of Disclosure

by Rainer Crone, David Moos

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Overview

Kasimir Malevich's (1878-1935) sudden and startling realization of a nonrepresentational way of painting, which he called Suprematism, stands as a seminal moment in twentieth-century art. Rainer Crone and David Moos trace the artist's development from his beginnings in the Ukraine to his involvement with Futurist circles in Moscow through to the late 1920s and beyond. They convincingly demonstrate that Malevich's late representational painting, still widely misunderstood, solidifies his extraordinarily inventive stance. Against the historical background of distinctly Russian progressive cultural and scientific movements, the authors define affinities between Malevich's work and other nonpolitical revolutions: relativity and quantum theory in physics; the work of Roman Jakobson and the "Prague School" in linguistics; and the exploration of language in the writings of the poet Velimir Khlebnikov. They situate the artist within the fundamental epistemological shift from nineteenth-century objectivity to an all-pervasive modernist subjectivity, relying upon Malevich's contribution to illustrate the ways cultural production is mediated through various modes of transmission. Rainer Crone holds the Chair for Twentieth Century Art at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, and is adjunct professor of art history at Columbia University. David Moos is a doctoral candidate in art history at Columbia University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780948462818
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 03/28/2003
Series: MLKAM-Screen Arts and New Media Aesthetics Ser.
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rainer Crone is Professor of Twentieth-century Art at the University of Munich. He has co-authored a number of publications with David Moos.

Table of Contents

Prologue
Introduction: This Book . . . and the End of Experience
1. The Question of Information
2. Artistic Positions: A Critical Survey
3. Origins of a Painter
4. Cubo-Futurism: Interchanges
5. Passages Through Poetry
6. The Edge of Innovation
7. Subjectivity in Temporality
8. Late Sensations and the New Reality
9. The Free Imaginary Variation
Exhibitions
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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