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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

2016
William Kentridge: Thick Time, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2016
William Kentridge More Sweetly Play the Dance, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
2015
Refuse the Hour, BAM, Brooklyn
2015
William Kentridge - If We Ever Get to Heaven, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
William Kentridge: Thick Time, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2016
William Kentridge: Notes Towards a Model Opera, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2016
William Kentridge More Sweetly Play the Dance, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
2015
William Kentridge: Drawings for Lulu, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
2015
Refuse the Hour, BAM, Brooklyn
2015
William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance, Marian Goodman Gallery, London
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

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
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