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The Malevich Society and Tate Publishing present an important and authoritative English translation of the two-volume book of Irina Vakar and Tatiana Mikhienko’s massive 2 volume work Малевич о себе, Современники о Малевиче: Письма, Документы, Воспоминания, Критика, (Malevich about Himself, Contemporaries about Malevich: Letters, Documents, Memoirs, and Criticism), which was published in Russian in Moscow in 2004 by “RA” (Russian Avant-garde) publishers.
These two volumes (1264 pages) are a compilation and scholarly investigation of all primary sources for the life and work of the abstract artist Kazimir Malevich, including the artist’s autobiographies, more than 270 of his letters to various correspondents, archival documents, memoirs of contemporaries (his relatives, disciples, and friends; his associates and opponents in art – artists and officials), as well as critical responses to his work. Many of these documents are published for the first time.
The books are illustrated with over 400 photographs, mostly rare, portraying Kazimir Malevich, his family, friends, and colleagues.
The volumes are the product of more than ten years of work of two renowned Russian scholars, Irina Vakar and Tatiana Mikhienko, who have thoroughly annotated the material. Overall, the books give a comprehensive and objective picture of the artist’s personal and creative life, and illuminate the problem of the relationship between the artist’s private life and his creative work. The breadth of the collected materials and their thorough and unbiased analysis in the scholarly commentaries make this publication indispensable for all future research on Kazimir Malevich, and a basic resource for studies of modern art generally.
Translation: Antonina Bouis
English Editor: Wendy Salmond
General Editor of English Edition: Charlotte Douglas