The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, August 19, 2019

Art Institute of Chicago Announces Significant Acquisition of Seminal Kazimir Malevich Painting
Kazimir Malevich, Painterly Realism of a Football Player--Color Masses in the 4th Dimension (1915). Oil on canvas. ß27-5/8 x 17-5/16 in. (70.2 x 44.1 cm). Through prior gift of Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection, Art Institute of Chicago Acquisition Funds, 2011.1.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago announces one of the most significant acquisitions in its history: Kazimir Malevich's Painterly Realism of a Football Player--Color Masses in the 4th Dimension (1915). Joining such works as Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte--1884, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, El Greco's Assumption of the Virgin, Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street; Rainy Day, and Henri Matisse's Bathers by a River , Malevich's masterpiece is the first work of Russian Suprematism to enter the museum's collection and bridges one of the few gaps in the museum's extremely strong holdings of European modern art. With this acquisition, the Art Institute becomes only the second public institution in the United States to feature a Suprematist painting by Malevich in its collection. The acquisition was spearheaded at the Art Institute by Douglas Druick, Chair and Searle Curator of the Department of Medieval through Modern European Painting and Sculpture, and Stephanie D'Alessandro, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art in the same department.

"It is truly an honor to lead an institution at a time when a work of art such as Malevich's Painterly Realism of a Football Player becomes available," said James Cuno, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago. "The chances to add a work of such rarity and quality to a collection are few and far between, and we are grateful that our trustees shared with us the sense that this opportunity should not be missed. We welcome the painting to Chicago to enrich the experience for our visitors today but also for our visitors for years to come."

"The Art Institute's collection is rich in extraordinary works that illustrate the evolution of modern art in Europe--from Manet to Magritte," said Druick, "but we've lacked an example of the great contributions of Russian abstraction." D'Alessandro added, "The acquisition of Malevich's Painterly Realism of a Football Player, a work not only of exceptional historical importance but also in extremely good condition, represents a dramatic and collection-changing opportunity for the museum."

The work was offered by the heirs of Kazimir Malevich and was acquired through Gagosian Gallery. Larry Gagosian, speaking on behalf of the heirs of Malevich, stated: "The heirs are extremely pleased that this important painting by their renowned ancestor has been acquired by one of the finest museums in the United States."

There are many pioneers of abstraction, but Malevich (1879-1935) is one of the most significant and rigorous, doing the most to push art to non-objective abstraction through his Suprematist movement. Having worked previously in a style related to cubism and futurism, it was not until 1915, the year of Painterly Realism of a Football Player, that Malevich brought his abstraction to its fully realized form. Painterly Realism of a Football Player was one of a group of revolutionary works that Malevich created in secrecy for one of the most seminal exhibitions of the modern moment, 0.10 (Zero-Ten): The Last Futurist Exhibition of Painting in Moscow in 1915. For that exhibition, Malevich created paintings that completely eradicated all references to the recognizable world and focused instead on the inherent relationships of geometric shapes of various colors that seem to float against their white backgrounds.

Considered at the time a pure and fundamental embodiment of painting itself (the "zero" in the Zero-Ten exhibition), Painterly Realism of a Football Player offered a radical formal vocabulary for art. Influenced greatly by developments in the understanding of space-time physics and the notion of the fourth dimension, Malevich referenced the natural world in his title (the football player) but also dispelled it on the canvas to present bold lines and planes freed from the weight of the third dimension. Malevich later even gave up the last vestige of the art of representation by disposing with traditional ideas of the "top" and "bottom" in his canvases; historical documentation reveals that in the four instances that the artist showed Painterly Realism of a Football Player during his lifetime, it was shown in two different orientations.

A critical historical photograph of the exhibition documents 21 paintings in Zero-Ten . Of these, 9 were lost or destroyed during the decades of political and cultural oppression of the former Soviet Union; of the 12 that remain, most can be found today in such institutions as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Musée national d'art moderne in Paris, and the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg. Thus the opportunity to acquire a painting by Malevich from this year, when his mystical ideas about pure abstraction found their first and fullest realization, is extremely rare and arguably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The acquisition of Painterly Realism of a Football Player will stand as one of the most significant additions ever to the museum's already strong permanent collection of European modern art.

Today's News

January 28, 2011

Major Exhibition of Spanish Art at the Dawn of the 20th Century at Fondation de l'Hermitage

Tasende Gallery Presents Exhibition of Sculptures and Drawings by Mark di Suvero

Art Institute of Chicago Announces Significant Acquisition of Seminal Kazimir Malevich Painting

Louvre Hosts a Group of Sculptures by Leading British Contemporary Artist Tony Cragg

Rembrandt Portrait, Which Sold at Christie's in 2009, to Be Offered for $47 Million

British Sculpture Survey at the Royal Academy in London Sharply Divides Critics

Selling Exhibition of Key Modern British Sculpture at Robert Bowman Modern

Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art Presents Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism Christianity and Islam

Brooklyn-Based Artist and Photographer Lorna Simpson Opens Solo Exhibition at Brooklyn Museum

Exhibition of Drawings and Sculptures by Italian Artist Marisa Merz at Gladstone Gallery

The Romanovs, Tsars and Art Collectors at the Pinacotheque de Paris

Auction Record Set for Titian at Sotheby's Old Master Paintings Sale in New York

Statues Devastated in World War II Go on Show at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin

Milwaukee Art Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art Wager Masterpiece on Super Bowl XLV

Team of Researchers Says Humans May Have Left Africa Earlier than Thought

Bronzino & Portraits of Power Exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi Attracts 230,000

Malmo Konsthall Presents Exhibition Presents Photographs by Ake Hedstrom

Paul Kasmin Presents Dual Exhibition of New Works and Iconic Paintings by Kenny Scharf

Indeterminate Stillness: Berkeley Art Museum Exhibition Looks at James McNeill Whistler

Trove of Previously Unseen Letters Written by J.D. Salinger Reveal His Human Side

British Museum and Rio Tinto Announce Australian Season: Broad Program of Exhibitions

Italy's Largest and Most Important Art Fair Arte Fiera Art First Celebrates Contemporary Art

Henry Scott Tuke Painting of a Sleeping Sailor to Sell at Bonhams

Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna Presents Matthew Day Jackson Exhibition

The Bronx Museum of the Arts Presents Exhibition Exploring Work of Elizabeth Catlett

Christie's 2010 Global Art Sales Total $5.0 Billion, Highest Sales Total in History

An Evening Sale of South African Masterpieces at Bonhams in London

Jon Stewart to Join 9/11 Memorial Foundation Board

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful