In the Front Room, the gallery presents Buzz Spector’s groundbreaking 1992 installation, Malevich: with eight red rectangles. Spector first exhibited this work in his solo exhibit at Roy Boyd Gallery, Santa Monica, in 1992. Since then this installation of eight handmade unique books plus freestanding wall unit, based on Kasimir Malevich’s 1915 painting, Suprematism: with eight red rectangles, has been included in several major institutional exhibits, including the 1992-94 national traveling show, “Knowledge: Aspects of Conceptual Art,” curated by Phyllis Plous and Frances Colpitt; “Testo e Contesto: il libro-ambiente,” curated by Mirella Bentivoglio for the Palazzo Falconieri, Rome, 1998; and “Life Death Love Hate Pleasure Pain” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2002.
Malevich: with eight red rectangles was also seen in St. Louis in 1995, at the Forum for Contemporary Art exhibit, “On Beyond the Book.” In a 1993 interview with David Pagel in BOMB, Spector described his homage to Kasimir Malevich this way: “Malevich’s ambitions persist in our remembrance of them . . . [the utopian ideal] no longer resides in the paintings he made but in our ability to empathize or share his belief that cultural work can transform human social structures.”
Buzz Spector received his M.F.A from the University of Chicago in 1978, combining studies in art and philosophy, and his B.A in art from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1972. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships (1982, 1985 and 1991) and has exhibited his work in such museums as the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Corcoran Gallery, and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. He is Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Spector also holds the Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman, Jr. Professorship of Art. Spector is the author of several books on art and artists. Buzzwords, A book of interviews with Spector, plus new page art, has just been published by the Chicago-based independent artist publishing company, Sara Ranchouse.