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Katya Kudryavtseva, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Art History

Katya Kudryavtseva specializes in art of the twentieth century with a focus on the intersecting trajectories of art history, politics, art institutions and business and their role in the development of the canon of modern and contemporary art. Her book (under contract with NLO, Moscow), "€œThe Making of Kazimir Malevich's Black Square,"€ analyzes the artistic practice of a major figure of modernism, Russian painter Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935), through the metamorphosis of his seminal painting, the Black Square (from the easel painting to a revolutionary emblem, to a signature, and, finally, to a commodity). The book provides detailed analysis of both the artist's changing attitudes towards politics, revolution and authority, and the way suprematism was reinvested with different meanings and adapted to ideological purposes first by the artist himself, his students, and subsequently by scholars, collectors, dealers and art institutions.


  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A., University of Oklahoma
  • B.A., Russian State University for the Humanities

Course Topics

  • Art History Survey I and II
  • Issues in Contemporary Art
  • Art and Theory of Modernism
  • American Pop Art
  • Beyond the Campbell Soup: Art of Andy Warhol
  • Russian Avant-Garde Art
  • Trials: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Justice

Research Interests

  • Historiography and canon formation
  • Collecting and display
  • Aesthetic and critical theory of modern and contemporary art
  • The impact of art institutions and the art market on the art historical discourse


  • The Making of Kazimir Malevich's Black Square (under contract, 2015).
  • "Indecent, Decent, Chic: Marketing Orientalist Fashion in France, 1907-1914," Fashion and Transgression, Pasadena: Castle Press, 2005.


Katya Kudryavtseva

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