SUPREMATISM

Dates: 1913-1919

Origin: Russia

Key Artists: László Moholy-Nagy

A non-objective type of art, devised by Kasimir Malevich, in which ‘new symbols’ such as the square, triangle, and circle replaced the more traditional concern with the human face and natural objects. Malevich announced his new system at the exhibition 0.10 held in 1915 which included works such as Black Square (Russian Museum, St Petersburg), although his Suprematist Composition (Museum of Modern Art, New York) dated from a year earlier. After 1916 Malevich’s compositions became more complex and, with the series White on White, more mystical. The graphic artist El Lissitzky exported Suprematism to Germany when he moved there in 1922 and the ideas of the movement were transmitted to the Bauhaus via Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.

“Suprematism.” The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Oxford Art Online. 12 Mar. 2010 <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/opr/t4/e1638&gt;

László Moholy-Nagy

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