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A school and theory of geometric abstract art that originated in Russia in the early 1900s and influenced constructivism.

[Russian suprematizm, from French suprématie, supremacy, from supremacy.]

su·prem′a·tist adj. & n.


(sʊˈprɛməˌtɪzəm; sjʊ-)
(Art Movements) a form of pure cubist art, launched in Russia in 1913, and based on the principle that paintings should be composed only of rectangles, circles, triangles, or crosses
[C20: from suprematist a supporter of this theory, from French suprémacie supremacy]
Suˈprematist n, adj
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Noun1.Suprematism - a geometric abstractionist movement originated by Kazimir Malevich in Russia that influenced constructivismsuprematism - a geometric abstractionist movement originated by Kazimir Malevich in Russia that influenced constructivism
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
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There are some pages where there is rather too much going on, and the whole argument could benefit from some tighter editing; and the chapter on 'Theophany and Modernism', discussing especially Post-Impressionists and Suprematists, is especially hard going, with some very difficult pages on colour that would have benefited from clarification--a rare instance of Tsakiridou retreating into a impenetrable abstractions.
Pairing canvases by Malevich and his fellow Suprematists with those of later artists inspired by his Black Square and its aesthetic implications, this exhibition of approximately 120 works will trace the multifarious, often contradictory, ways in which that seminal work has been understood: as an iconic portal to a spiritual dimension, a materialist assertion of the here and now, or a placeholder for our desires about what art should be.
Designs and objects by the suprematists and constructivists in revolutionary Russia, the De Stijl group in the Netherlands, Katarzyna Kobro in Poland, a profusion of architects in Germany--Bruno Taut, Erich Mendelsohn, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe amongst them--are brought together in the 'Searching for Utopia' section.