The Hidden Sphere
(of Artistic Concerns) Cecil Orion Touchon
Kasimir Malevich

Kasimir Malevich and the Art of Geometry by John Milner
Book Description  In a book that will change perceptions of early abstract art and of Kazimir Malevich, one of the first and most extreme of abstract artists, the author explores the Russian painter`s completely unprecedented geometric style and offers a new way to look at his  works. John Milner analyzes the inspirational sources, methods, and meanings of  Malevich`s art of geometry, showing that it was based on an elaborate system of space and proportion. 

Painting Revolution : Kandinsky, Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde by John Bowlt (Editor)
I had the good fortune to see this traveling collection from the Soviet Avant-Garde in Chicago last year. I was so amazed by the works catalogued in this book that I returned to visit the show four times during its short run there. The catalogue gives insight into each artist along with the political climate that shaped and crushed this movement and the steps taken by artists and curators to preserve these masterpieces. The color plates are well done and the artist's profiles and quotes brought depth to my understanding of the movement. 

Kazimir Malevich (Masters of Art) by Charlotte Douglas, Kazimir Severinovich Malevich
Reviewer: A reader from Berkeley, CA A wonderful monograph detailing the personal life and the works of the artist who gave  the world "White on White". Beautiful full-page color plates are paired with opposing page descriptions, making browsing individual works easy. The descriptions and analysis are insisive and accurate, well-grounded in the images and with only an occasional leap beyond the facts. A separate section follows his personal life and artistic development, including a lot of information about the artists with whom he worked. This narrative perhaps does not focus enough on the political atmosphere in which he worked (i.e., not enough historical background) and how it might have affected his art, but I recommend the book for its pictures alone. It was an assigned book for one of my art history classes.

Malevich and Film by Margarita Tupitsyn
Book Description Russian painter Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935), unlike other prominent Soviet artists, has not often been considered in discussions of the contributions of the avant-garde to photography and film. Yet a close examination of theoretical and  practical aspects of Malevich's oeuvre not only places him fully in the Soviet post-abstract discourse on these media  but also, as Margarita Tupitsyn argues in this engaging book, alters the accepted view of his post-Suprematist period.  Exploring Malevich's involvement with film for the first time, Tupitsyn draws on little known writings about cinema by  the artist himself, newly accessible works, and many previously unpublished photographs and documents. Malevich's influence on twentieth-century art extends far more widely than has been claimed for him before, the author concludes. The book begins with a reevaluation of Malevich's most famous painting, Black Square, a work whose meaning and  function was in constant flux. Through Black Square Malevich began to cross the bridge from the painting medium to  mechanically generated production, ultimately influencing the postrevolutionary phase of his Suprematism and leading to his abandonment of abstraction in the late 1920s. Tupitsyn discusses in detail Malevich's writing about the cinema, the cinematic qualities of some of his works, the work of other contemporary artists with bonds to cinematography, and the significant impact of Malevich's thought and work on Russian, European, and American artists of the 1920s and 1930s as well as the postwar period. 

Malevich on Suprematism : Six Essays 1915-1926 by Patricia Railing

Malevich (Art in Hand) by Jeannot Simmen

In Malevich's Circle: Confederates Students Followers in Russian 1920s - 1950s by Yevgenia Petrova (Editor)

Kazimir Malevich and the Sacred Russian Icons : Avant-Garde and Traditional by Giorgio Cortenova (Editor)

Kazimir Malevich : The Climax of Disclosure by Rainer Crone, David Moos (Contributor)

New Art for a New Era : Malevich's Visions of the Russian Avant-Garde by Evgenija Petrova (Introduction)

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