William Kentridge



Artist: William Kentridge
Title: Vertical Thinking                                                             Year: 2012
Medium: Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Historia Natural Do Brasil
Dimensions: 37.5 x 50.5 cm | Edition of 16


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


Rubrics, a series of red silkscreened texts, punctuate the room. The phrases were both prods for and are remnants of the series of six Norton lectures presented at Harvard University, and were printed at Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg.