I’ve recently seen mention of cubism, orphism, synchromism, and now suprematism. This last is what Kazimir Malevich called his movement. Art history is a geyser of isms. This article illustrates the masterpiece-or-fake-ism that sprinkles journalism.
Internationally [Malevich] is probably most famous for Black Square – a work that epitomises his love of abstract forms, in a radical break from figurative art rooted in recognisable reality. Malevich finally created four versions of Black Square.
(Tatsiana Yanutsevich, “Kazimir Malevich: A mystery painting, either masterpiece or fake, puzzles experts,” BBC News, Belarus, 2 days ago [sic])
Yanutsevich informs us that “Malevich is one of the most popular modern artists internationally, his works are cherished by galleries and they fetch eye-watering sums at auctions.”
That Malevich created four versions of “Black Square” is itself eye-watering.
Here, eclipsed by viewers, is the mystery painting at the center of the “puzzle.”
Why is the unsigned painting attributed to Malevich? And why should it be presumed to be a “fake” trying to pass as a Malevich if it were determined not to be his? These are the true mysteries.
(c) 2019 JMN