William Kentridge



Artist: William Kentridge
Title: A Universal Archive                                                               Year: 2012
Medium: One run hand printed lithograph and
Dimensions: 63 x 75 cm (image size)


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


The ink brush mark is picked up in selected prints from a series of recent linocuts made at David Krut Workshop in Johannesburg, Universal Archive. Each print was made first as an ink drawing on paper; the image was transferred to lino and then cut, the fluid mark of brush and ink translating into the medium of linocut.

Four collage lithographs of typewriters, similarly derived from ink drawings, were printed by The Artists’ Press in White River, as were a series of smaller stone lithographs.

The two Colour Chart prints, also a translation from ink drawings, were printed by the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg