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Sometimes it's hard to get the genius behind the first abstract paintings. But now in 2020 we are spoiled by over a hundred years of non-representative art. To get why Black Square is the "zero point of painting" we need to turn back to 1915. Malevich in his art wanted to completely abandon depicting reality and instead invent a new world of shapes and forms. When it was first exhibited, the world was in chaos. It was the middle of the First World War and there was continuing unrest following the 1905 Russian revolution that in 1917 would explode into the Bolshevik uprising and October Revolution. Black Square arrived at a time when Russian art crowds, although used to seeing cubist and futurist works, would never have seen a work like this. The artistic revolution Malevich was bringing about seems to reflect the social revolution that was happening. Malevich didn’t intend for Black Square to be a representation of a real thing, but a symbol of a dawning new age. At the exhibition he placed the painting high up on the wall across the corner of the room. It was a clear message to the Russians; it was the same sacred spot that a Russian Orthodox icon of a saint would sit in a traditional Russian home. Black Square was a new icon for the new times.
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