The Non-Objective World. Kasimir Malevich, Howard Dearstyne, Hilberseimer, trans., udwig, intro.
The Non-Objective World
Ludwig Hilberseimer speaks: "Kasimir Malevich's book, The Non-Objective World, heretofore obtainable only in the now rare German language edition, has thus far remained inaccessible to the English-reading public. It is altogether astonishing that more than thirty years should have elapsed between the original publication of the book and the appearance of the first English translation since it is, without question, one of the profoundest statements of aesthetic theory of the twentieth century."

The Non-Objective World

Very Good. Item #10960

Chicago: Paul Theobald and Company, 1959. First Edition. Quarto (28x22x0.5cm); 103pp. B&W illustrations throughout.

Coated card wrappers, reproducing on both front and back a version of the tilted square from Malevich's celebrated "Suprematist Composition: White on White." It is barely detectable in our photos, and even less so on the copy itself. But it is suprematistically there.

Some slight yellowing and surface scuffing to the coating on both covers; textblock, of coated paper as well, shows the faintest signs of yellowing, otherwise unmarred and unmarked.

Malevich (1879-1935), painter and theoretician of aesthetics, was one of the founding progenitors of abstract modernism, providing in this short treatise its first theoretical foundation. This is the first English publication of his theoretical manifesto, originally written in Russian, and first published in German, in Berlin, in 1927. Ludwig Hilberseimer, who introduces the document, fled Germany as a targeted member of the Bauhaus, coming to the United States to work for Mies van der Rohe in Chicago in 1938; hence the deep Chicago connection that resulted in this edition.

Price: $60.00