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Malewicz: Beyond Censorship
Andréi Nakov

Cracow 2021
257 x 200 mm, 180 pages
laminated hardback, 109 colour illustrations
ISBN 978-83-89831-43-9

Également disponible en version française: Malewicz : au-delà des censures

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Erased from the cultural scene for decades – even during his lifetime – Kazimir Malewicz’s (1879–1935) oeuvre was only rediscovered in the West in the late 1950s. Three more decades passed before it could be accessible to the Russian public. It was gradually assimilated through a series of interpretative filters – aesthetic, political, cultural and others – but the extraordinary potential of the artist’s work has been hampered by fantastical elucidations, several of which persist to this day.

A number of foundational myths about the artist’s ethnic background (his relationship to his mother tongue), his rapport to the religious culture of his Russian environment and, chiefly, his place in modern European art to which he was deeply attached, are considered here. Our reading of Suprematist forms is still an essential aspect of his art: beyond his numerous writings it shapes a decisive understanding of his artistic message.

The aim of Malewicz: Beyond Censorship is to question a certain number of anti-modernist visual and cultural prejudices. Advancing ever further in his interpretation of the artist’s oeuvre, Andréi Nakov uncovers hidden layers of a creative production that shows itself to be increasingly important to our comprehension of 20th-century modernity.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In addition to the 2002 Malewicz’s Catalogue raisonné, Andréi Nakov is the author of numerous works on the artist, including his monumental four-volume monograph Malevich, Painting the Absolute published in English in 2010, not to mention a number of other works written in French and translated into English, Russian, Italian and other languages. Recently Nakov has published studies on Wassily Kandinsky (Kandinsky, the Enigma of the First Abstract Painting, 2015) and Vladimir Tatlin (Tatlin’s Reliefs: From Cubism to Abstraction, 2020) with the IRSA Institute in Cracow, Poland, as well as several essays on Polish art since 1945. The latest of the numerous museum shows he curated was The Advent of Abstraction, Russia, 1914–1923 at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, in 2017 (catalogue issued by 5 Continents Editions, Milan, Italy).

 

 

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Andréi Nakov - MALEWICZ: BEYOND CENSORSHIP

 

 

C O N T E N T S

 I N T R O D U C T I O N


PA R T  I:
BEYOND CENSORSHIP


C H A P T E R  1
THE INCOMPREHENSION AND CONFUSIONS THAT STEM FROM CENSORSHIP


C H A P T E R  2
A MODERNITY THAT LEAPS OVER BORDERS


C H A P T E R  3
LIBERATING ONESELF FROM ALL NATIONAL ALLEGIANCES


C H A P T E R  4
LOOKING TO THE WEST


C H A P T E R  5
RAISING THE FLAG: SUPREMATISM, A “STRANGE WORD”


C H A P T E R  6
“I HAVE TRANSFORMED MYSELF IN THE ZERO OF FORM”


C H A P T E R  7
COMMAS, ALOGIST LEVERS OF MEANING


C H A P T E R  8
REJECTION AND CENSORSHIP


C H A P T E R  9
“KNOWING WHAT SPEAKING MEANS”


C H A P T E R  10
DIFFERENT WAYS OF HANGING A WORK ALTER ITS MESSAGE 


P O S T S C R I P T
USELESS SCIENCE

 


PA R T  II:
CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ: SUPPLEMENTARY COMMENTARIES


C H A P T E R  11
THE QUESTION OF HANGING: HOW TO MAKE HEADWAY IN INTERPRETING THE OEUVRE?


C H A P T E R  12
REVISIONS AND CORRECTIONS, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS


C H A P T E R  13
A TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT


A P P E N D I X
DEFINITION OF THE TERM “SUPREMATISM”

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