Sigmar Polke, Hans Haacke, Dieter Roth, Richard Hamilton, Daniel Spoerri, Franz Erhard Walther…..
Schwarze Quadrate/Black Square + publisher's copy, 1979
Edited by Dietrich Helms
1 out of 20 editions SIGNED by all 40 contributing artists out of an edition of 391 copies.
Softcover, 98 pp with 40 illustrations, German and English, first edition.
For this book, Dietrich Helms asked 40 artists to create a piece that reflected Malevich's "black square” as its source of inspiration.
5 3/4h x 5 1/2w in
Contributing artists: Daniel Spoerri, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Gerhard Rühm, André Thomkins, Gabriele Schmidt-heins, Günther Uecker, Klaus Staeck, Richard Hamilton, Bernd Völkle, Dieter Roth, Claus Böhmler, Karl Gerstner, Gerhard Von Graevenitz, Timm Ulrichs, Hermann Nitsch, Raimer Jochims, Michael Buthe, Jochen Gerz, Rune Mields, kp Brehmer, Sigmar Polke, Dorothee Von Windheim, Hans Haacke, Lothar Baumgarten, Alf Schuler, Franz Erhard Walther, Gotthard Graubner, Lili Fischer, Herbert Distel, Georg Jappe, Jochen Krüger, Auro Lecci, Christiane Möbus, Anna Oppermann.
“Black Square is meant to evoke the experience of pure non-objectivity in the white emptiness of a liberated nothing.”_____Kazimir Malevich
1974 - 1979
Drawing action on the trail of Malevich's black square - sketches by artist friends The black square of Malevich is considered a turning point in the development of art. It's in everyone's mind, though we do not know it. We have news about him - descriptions and illustrations that are inaccurate and that differ from one another, depending on which version of the Black Square they refer to. The first version of the picture is said to be in the depot of the Russian Museum in Leningrad, it will not be shown publicly. First of all, in the exhibition "Paris - Moscow" in the Center Pompidou in Paris in 1979, we were given access to a later execution of the picture. Between 1974 and 1979, on various occasions, I asked friends for a note of their idea of the Black Square. From the results I put - sorted by the order of their origin - here a selection. The Black Square of Matevich, precisely because we do not really know it, is likely to be virulent in our imagination. The simple and conclusive concept of imagination can be filled according to one's own ability and personal inclination. It requires - as a picture vacuum - for this ingredient. In the collection of utterances to the black square the nature of the individual authors becomes clear. In addition, it should become apparent which presentation field is affected by the one model. It could be that in the totality of the individual expressions to the black square of Malevich this picture comes to mind.________Foreword to: Black Squares, submitted by Dietrich Helms