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NOSE 1, 2007
Aquatint, drypoint and engraving
13.73 x 15.75 inches
Edition of 50
Kentridge is a South African artist whose work tracks a personal route
across the fraught legacy of apartheid and colonialism through an
innovative use of charcoal drawing, prints, collages, stop-animation,
film and theater. Kentridge see his work as rooted in Johannesburg -
the city in which he was born and continues to work today.
PACING PANTHER, 2003
Drypoint, 15.5 x 20.75 inches
Edition of 40
of the fascinating things about William Kentridge's films is how they
let the process show. Because he draws, shoots, erases and shoots again
to create his imagery - rather than painting animation cells or
digitally developing scenes - I am conscious of his means, even his
touch. It was Kentridge's genius to show how the directness of drawing
could survive the indirectness of a camera-based art."
- from "William Kentridge" by Janet Koplos, Art in America, December, 2002
have never tried to make illustrations of apartheid, but the drawings
and films are certainly spawned by and feed off the brutalized society
left in its wake. I am interested in a political art, that is to say an
art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures, and certain
endings; an art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check and
nihilism at bay. - William Kentridge
TYPEWRITER VII, 2003
9.5 x 11.5 inches
Edition of 40
Kentridge drawing in his studio, Johannesburg (Copyright of the artist)
Prints with Collage or Hand-coloring
In April 2000, Kentridge headed to 107 Workshop in Wiltshire, England,
to work on new large format etchings exploring the imagery of his
current work. These editions reflect a procession of figures that the
artist had created for casting in bronze. They move in a circular
procession within the large etched circle - an inward direction in the
first and outwards in the second.
The film Procession was shown at the Prince Klaus Fund Awards in
December 1999 in the Palace of the Queen of the Netherlands, Amsterdam
on a screen which was the ceiling of the room, one hundred feet high.
The artist worked on the large copper plates for each of the images,
using the traditional intaglio processes of etching, aquatint and
drypoint. A letterpress plate then added maps from an atlas into the
large circles. These are sections of maps found by the artist in an old
atlas - the Islands between Greece and Turkey in the first, and the
Islands of the China Sea in the second print. The map areas were
scanned and enlarged using computer technology to allow the production
of heavy duty nylon polymer plates that were produced in Johannesburg
and shipped to the Workshop.
The artist has added extensive brush strokes of different grey
watercolors to the areas around the circle and into the margins and the
prints are fully worked to the edges of the paper.
- David Krut, publisher
Kentridge has gained international recognition for his distinctive
animated short films and for the charcoal drawings he makes in
producing them. Kentridge works in theater and has so for many years,
initially as set designer and actor, and more recently, director. Since
1992 he has collaborated with Handspring Puppet Company creating
multi-media pieces using puppets, live actors and animation. Throughout
his career he has moved between film, drawing and stage yet his primary
focus remains drawing, seeing his theatre and film work as an expanded
form of his drawing.
Since Kentridge participated in
Dokumenta X in Kassel (1997), solo shows of his work have been
exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Museum of
Contemporary Art (San Diego). A large survey exhibition in 1998-1999
toured Barcelona, Brussels, Graz, London, Munich and Marseille.
In 1999 he was awarded the Carnegie Medal. In 2001 and 2002, a survey
of Kentridge's work traveled to museums in the United States and was
seen in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC. In
May 2002 Kentridge was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Art from
the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art in Baltimore.
Kentridge sees his work as rooted in Johannesburg, South Africa, where
he continues to live today with his wife and three children.
A special thanks to David Krut, publisher, for his support in our exhibitions of Kentridge's works.