South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955) has produced an outstanding body of work in multiple mediums: drawings, animations, sculptures, theater and stage design – all of which trace the fraught political and cultural history of South Africa. This book is the first to explore Kentridge’s extraordinary new series of seventeen large-scale tapestries, created under his artistic direction by a team of South African weavers between 2001 and 2007.
William Kentridge emerged as an artist during the apartheid regime in South Africa. Grounded in the violent absurdity of that period in his country’s history, his artworks draw connections between art, ideology, history and memory. Curated by the artist, this exhibition encourages viewers to trace visual and thematic links between diverse aspects of his practice, from his engagement with opera to his interest in early cinema, from his inimitable animated drawings to sculpture and works on paper.
The Refusal of Time combines music, readings, dance, chants, videos, drawings and performance and brings Kentridge’s questioning of the notion of time to the stage. Echoing this theatrical performance that is constantly evolving, the book is a mise en abyme: it presents highlights from the show, drawings that were especially produced by the artist for the book, many sketches and study notebooks, all of the texts read during the performance, as well as interviews with Peter Galison and images from the workshop.
Triumphs and Laments is not only a celebration of William Kentridge’s (born 1955) monumental frieze drawn along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome and the performance which inaugurated it, but a gorgeously produced guide to one of his most memorable and ambitious projects to date.
William Kentridge’s WEIGHING and WANTING focuses in detail on the artist’s 1998 film of the same name and the drawings he used to make the film. Over 80 film stills punctuate the catalogue, enabling the reader to follow the film sequence. An insightful essay on the drawings and film, and biographic information about the artist…