February 10, 2021 –
★ I am an anarchist in my very own essence ★
“In 1913, trying desperately to liberate art from the ballast of the representational world, I sought refuge in the form of the black square.”
Revolutionary anarchist artist and founder of the Suprematist movement, Kasimir Malevich (Казимир Северинович Малевич) was born on Feb. 11, 1878, in Kiev. He is credited with having painted the first geometric, totally nonrepresentational picture.
He was a regular contributor to Anarkhiia, under the pen name Anti – a Russian weekly, then daily newspaper published by the Moscow Federation of Anarchist Groups.
It was first launched in September 1917, but was suspended in the confusion arising over the Bolshevik seizure of power. It reappeared in March 1918 as a daily newspaper. The last issue, the 99th, was published on 2 July 1918.
The paper had a section devoted to Tvorchestvo or “creativity”. It featured many prominent Russian avant-garde artists such Aleksei Gan, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Aleksei Morgunov, Ivan Kliun, Olga Rozanova and Nadezhda Udaltsova.
The Revolution of the Black Square: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lozgR-z2Sck…
Malevich’s Black Square: Symbol of Russian Anarchism: https://nulluslocussinegenio.com/…/malevichs-black…/
The Aesthetics of Anarchy : Art and Ideology in the Early Russian Avant-Garde by Nina Gourianova [Book review]: https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/83bm3h