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William Kentridge: Five Themes

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With a searing body of work ranging from films and drawings to prints, sculptures, and theatrical productions, William Kentridge has offered a fresh and distinctive perspective on the contemporary social landscape, with a particular emphasis on his native South Africa.

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With a searing body of work ranging from films and drawings to prints, sculptures, and theatrical productions, William Kentridge has offered a fresh and distinctive perspective on the contemporary social landscape, with a particular emphasis on his native South Africa. His practice of the past two decades is based on his intensive exploration of themes that are evocative of his own life experience as well as the political issues that most concern him. Produced in close collaboration with the artist, this catalogue investigates the five primary themes that have engaged Kentridge over the course of his influential career:

1. Parcours d’Atelier: Artist in the Studio Projects that focus on Kentridge’s creative process, including representations of the artist at work in the studio

2. Thick Time: Soho and Felix Works featuring Kentridge’s best-known characters, the domineering businessmen Soho Eckstein and his sensitive alter ego, Felix Teitlebaum.

3. Occasional and Residual Hope: Ubu and the Procession Inspired in part by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, these projects reflect the excitement, conflict, and rapid social changes in postapartheid South Africa.

4. Sarastro and the Master’s Voice: The Magic Flute Works related to the artist’s production of Mozart’s opera.

5. Learning from the Absurd: The Nose Kentridge’s most recent output, including works inspired by his staging of the Shostakovich opera for New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

Rich in content and illustrations, this publication bears witness to an artist wrestling with each theme and experimenting with formally innovative ways to convey meaning. It reveals as never before the full arc of Kentridge’s career, following along as his subject matter has departed from a specifically South African context to confront more general concerns of social injustice, revolutionary politics, and the power of creative expression.

DVD inside

Kentridge has created a DVD especially for this volume, marking the first occasion that he has produced a disc for one of his books. Combining intimate studio footage of the artist at work and fragments from significant film projects, the DVD offers a fascinating look at how Kentridge’s ideas evolve from raw concept to finished work.

Edited by: Mark Rosenthal

Contributions by: Michael Auping, Cornelia H. Butler, Judith B. Hecker, Klaus Biesenbach, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Rudolf Frieling, and William Kentridge

Review

Out of Print

Additional information

Dimensions 26 × 25 cm
Publisher

Language

English

Date Published

2009

ISBN

97780300150483

Specifications

Hardcover, 26x25cm, 262pp

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