Until it Is no Longer There

Ryszard K. Przybylski

Deletion has become part and parcel of the modern arts. A case in point is erasing Robert Rauschenberg’s drawing by Willem de Kooning. Erasing did not merely boil down to an act of destruction but became a symbol of openness to the new. Taking such a perspective towards the avant-garde experience of art, it can be assumed that Kazimierz Malewicz had a similar goal with the black square with the white background. This is also an example of the deletion of a traditional understanding of art in order to prepare for a new experience of art. These experiences undermine the signficance of visibility itself and lead straight to an openness towards tactility.

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