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About Two Squares: A Suprematist Tale of Two Squares in Six Constructions

A work made of book with letterpress and offset lithography, in black and red, on cream wove paper, stapled along spine.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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  • A work made of book with letterpress and offset lithography, in black and red, on cream wove paper, stapled along spine.

Date:

1922

Artist:

El Lissitzky (Lazar Markovich Lissitzky)
Russian, 1890-1941

About this artwork

About Two Squares is a children’s book about a black square and a red square that fly to earth from afar. For Lissitzky they symbolized the superiority of the new Soviet order (the red square) over the old (the black square). The artist’s abstract style was profoundly influenced by Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematism, but after 1921 he aligned himself with Russian Constructivist principles and sought to move Suprematism’s abstract language into the service of the new social and political order.

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Artist

El Lissitzky

Title

About Two Squares: A Suprematist Tale of Two Squares in Six Constructions

Origin

Russia

Date

1922

Medium

Book with letterpress and offset lithography, in black and red, on cream wove paper, stapled along spine

Dimensions

217 x 268 x 5 mm

Credit Line

The Mary and Leigh Block Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2011.858

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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