In 1918, the Russian painter Kazimir Malevich, the leader of the avant-garde Suprematist movement, created “White on White.”
The painting of a white square inside a larger, square in a slightly different shade of white was one of Malevich’s definitive statements of Suprematism, an art movement that concentrated on geometric patterns.
Suprematism’s day may have passed. By the time Malevich died in 1935 he had fallen out of favor with Soviet authorities, who preferred Social Realism to more enigmatic avant garde work.
But if Suprematism is out of style, white is having a moment, says Jaime DeSimone. the Musuem of Contemporary Art Jacksonville’s assistant curator of exhibitions.
“White right now is a hot topic,” DeSimone said in a recent interview.
“White on White” won’t be included in MOCA’s new exhibit, “White.” “White on White” remains at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. But Vik Muniz’s 2007 print “Suprematist Composition: White on White,