Notes & Reviews:
In 1915 the Russian artist Malevich declared a Black Square on a White Background an icon of his times and thus founded a new form of art, liberated from objects - Suprematism. Initially supported by the Bolsheviks, his "formalist" art was soon considered counterrevolutionary. Fifty years later, in 1989, the first comprehensive Malevich retrospective outside Russia was held in Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum. It is here that Barrie Gavin outlines the artist's creative phases and life story.