William Kentridge, ‘Blue Head’, 1993, Joanna Bryant & Julian Page
William Kentridge, ‘Blue Head’, 1993, Joanna Bryant & Julian Page

Framed.
Printed by Master Printer Jack Shirreff.
An edition of Kentridge's Head (Blue) is in the Smithsonian collection in Washington D.C., amongst other significant private and public collections.

Like the “Sleeper” prints, the large print titled, The Blue Head, 1993-8 was made at 107 Workshop, Wiltshire, with master printer, Jack Shirreff. The Blue Head introduces islands of colour created from an assembly of torn sheets of paper into a hand-painted ultramarine blue template, printed over the drypoint marks. Between the slabs of colour, the grey plate tone of the paper jumps out, creating the sense of an immense sculpted head breaking apart – an image of rift and schism sometimes interpreted as a symbol for the African continent. This print was also editioned separately with some trial plates hand-painted in Hooker’s green and burnt orange in place of the blue.

Publisher: David Krut

About William Kentridge

In his drawings and animations, William Kentridge articulates the concerns of post-Apartheid South Africa with unparalleled nuance and lyricism. In the inventive process by which he created his best-known works, Kentridge draws and erases with charcoal, recording his compositions at each state. He then displays a video projection of the looped images alongside their highly worked and re-worked source drawings. In this way, his process and aesthetic concerns are inextricably linked with the narrative power of his work, as in his “Nine Drawings for Projection” series (1989-2003), which depicts two fictional white South Africans navigating the ambiguities of contemporary South Africa. With his highly personal and often quiet works in seeming tension with the brutality of his content, Kentridge expresses a profound ambivalence about his native country.

South African, b. 1955, Johannesburg, South Africa

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
William Kentridge: O Sentimental Machine, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
2016
William Kentridge: Thick Time, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2015
Refuse the Hour, BAM, Brooklyn
2015
William Kentridge - If We Ever Get to Heaven, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
William Kentridge: O Sentimental Machine, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
2016
William Kentridge: Thick Time, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2016
William Kentridge: Notes Towards a Model Opera, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2015
Refuse the Hour, BAM, Brooklyn
2015
William Kentridge - If We Ever Get to Heaven, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam
2014
WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, Lia Rumma, Napoli
2011
WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, Lia Rumma, Milan

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Performa 17, Performa, New York
2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
2016
Illumination - New Contemporary Art at Louisiana, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
2015
The 14th Istanbul Biennial: SALTWATER, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
2013
THE GARDEN OF DIVERSION, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing
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