PRINT January 1974

Malevich as a Counterrevolutionary (East and West)

WITH SEVERAL ARTISTIC IDEAS released by the October Revolution—art as a festival of proletarian culture, the artist as an engineer of a future society, the energizing of all media as weapons of consciousness in a class struggle—Kazimir Malevich, who enjoys high status in the archaeology of abstract painting, had no sympathy. Having seen them born at firsthand, he was touched, of course, by many such impulses. He did go so far as to produce a half-hearted poster in the service of the revolution. A Suprematist pitcher and cup were designed under his supervision. And there exist photographs of his plaster architectural models that he caused to have built in the ’20s. These, however, appear to be far more specifically studies of arranged geometrical solids rather than the faceless apartment blocks or skyscrapers they vaguely imply. In addition, Malevich joined the Federation of Leftist Artists

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