Kentridge, William
Born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lives and works in Johannesburg
William Kentridge is one of South Africa’s pre-eminent artists, perhaps best known for producing animated films based on charcoal drawings, in which South African social and politics are recurrent themes. Kentridge’s drawings remain the driving force behind his prolific collaborations in films, theatre and opera productions. In 2015, Kentridge directed a new production of Alban Berg’s Lulu, which debuted at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; it was subsequently taken to the English National Opera (ENO), London (2016–17). A major itinerant retrospective of his work titled William Kentridge: Five Themes continued until 2012 after an international tour that began at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2009. More recently, William Kentridge: Thick Time – featuring six key works created between 2003 and 2016 – was exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016–17), and continues its tour across Europe through 2018 (Denmark, Salzburg, and Manchester). Kentridge’s work was included in South Africa: the art of a nation at the British Museum, London (2016–17).
William Kentridge, The Flood, 2017, Woodcut printed from 10 woodblocks onto 9 large sheets and 6 pieces of Somerset Soft White, 300gsm, 15 pieces total. 29, Aluminum pins used for placement, 181 x 213 cm / 71 x 84 in, Courtesy David Krut Projects|'Universal Archive (Ref 23)', 2012. Linocut printed on non-archive dictionary pages from shorter oxford english dictionary. Edition of 30. 46 x 36 cm / 18.11 x 14.17 in. Courtesy of David Krut Projects