Soviet Dandy

Suprematism as it might relate to "Pop Art", political comment, and satire.

A public domain image of Joseph Stalin is seen with Kazimir Malevich's "Black Square" and "Red Square" attached as ornamentation (earrings) ... suggesting that he is a "Dandy" in this image ... a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance ... and a man and his government who scorned Malevich and his Suprematist work.

The Stalinist regime turned against forms of abstraction, considering them a type of "bourgeois" art, that could not express social realities. Kazimir Malevich's "Black Square" and "Red Square" ("Black Cross" and other works) were considered such, and many of his works were confiscated. He was also banned from creating and exhibiting similar art.

Critics of the regime spoke of Malevich and his art with contempt stating that his work was a negation of everything good and pure, love of life and love of nature. Malevich responded that art can advance and develop for art's sake alone, saying, "Art does not need us, and it never did." (Wikipedia)

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