Kazimir Malevich, “Last Futurist Exhibition” (1915).
“In 1913 Malevich met a group of artists and poets interested in taking a more philosophical and theoretical approach to art. The theory espoused by Krucherykh and Khlebnikov of the ‘self-sufficient world’ influenced Malevich enormously. The notion of ‘zaum’ was promoted, a state where experience occurs beyond the naturally perceived world. This concept and his work for the Cubo-Futurist opera ‘Victory Over The Sun’ (1913) propelled Malevich into the style of Suprematism. It was first seen at the ‘0,10’ (Zero-Ten) exhibition of 1915, and is best shown by works such as ‘Black Square’ (1915) and ‘Black Cross’ [various dates]. Suprematism reduced abstract painting to a previously unheard of geometrical simplicity. His work at this time ranged from the austere with his ‘White on White’ series to the colourful such as in ‘Yellow Parallelogram on White’ (1917). Although Malevich only worked in this style for about five years, it is crucial to understanding his development and his work as a whole.” (dmoma)