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Kazimir Malevich
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    (February 23, 1879-May 15, 1935)
    Born in Kiev, Ukraine
    Birth name was Kazimierz Malewicz
    Founder of the Suprematist movement in art, focusing on basic geometric forms in a limited range of colors
    Paintings include ‘Black Square’ (1915), ‘Red Square’ (1915), ‘Black Square and Red Square’ (1915), ‘Suprematist Composition’ (1916), ‘White on White’ (1918) and ‘Running Man’ (1932)
    Designed sets for the Futurist opera ‘Victory over the Sun’ (1913)
    He painted ‘Black Square’ four different times, although each one looks basically the same. (Namely, like a square. That is black.)
    He called himself the ‘prophet’ of Suprematism.
    He designed propaganda posters for the Bolsheviks.
    While working at a porcelain factory, he designed a teapot that critics said did not pour well. In response, he said, ‘It is not a teapot, but the idea of one.’
    An apartment building was built over his burial site.
    His ideas influenced abstract art.
    He was arrested and imprisoned for two months on trumped-up charges of spying for Germany (1930).
    After the Soviet Union declared Social Realism the official art style of the country, his Supremacist works were removed from public display.
    Forced to paint in the approved style, he would frequently stick a black square in the works as a reference to his old style.
    His ‘Suprematist Composition’ sold for $60 million, setting a record for a Russian work of art (2008).

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