William Kentridge exhibit at the Marian Goodman Gallery

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The noted South African artist William Kentridge, known for his animated film installations, presents flip-book-style videos as well as drawings, linocut prints and kinetic sculptures. The majority of Kentridge’s work is executed in black and white, often threaded by a layered and complex narrative that incorporates both personal and universal themes. Often purchasing books from second hand bookstores when he travels, Kentridge removes pages from classic literary texts to directly print on. In the midst of the layering of pages, single words and fractured sentences often emerge through the gaps in the dense ink. The recurring ‘characters’ throughout Kentridge’s work, such as the typewriter; the trees are often printed in this style. A series of large drawings of trees in Indian ink analyze the form of different trees indigenous to southern Africa. Drawn across multiple pages from books, each drawing is put together as a puzzle – the single pages first painted, then the whole pieced together.

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A series of drawings show the shifting shapes of an object moving backwards and forwards between 2 forms – 2 meanings. Reaching the end of one process the start of another, and it goes on.

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A similar concept is conveyed in the black sculptural works. We see one shape from one point of view and another from a different point. We perceive not only the 2 moments of the definite formation but also the course of this journey, and are compelled to move back and forth between them to observe this process.

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This is a truly exquisite exhibition that is striking and beautiful and it communicates to us beyond words.


Post by Shreya & Sari


5 thoughts on “William Kentridge exhibit at the Marian Goodman Gallery”

  1. “whichever page you open, there you are”..related to what Professor Bosket read for us, it seems to me we, as a designer, try to find our own path. I love this exhibit.!

    1. That reminds me of Kentridge’s quote Professor Bosket read for us (or was it his words?):
      “A studio is a place you discover meaning.”
      “Imperfect understanding gives to the act of imagination.”
      Great Exhibit!

      1. Oh I am not sure it is a right expression…but “my heart is pounding” when I listen, read, or learn something insightful like those. it was a great field trip, right?

  2. Yes, most definitely! This trip gave me a lot of inspiration and things to think and ponder about; I went home with a nice feeling of confused excitement, and something like the sensation you are describing! It was really wonderful.

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