William Kentridge

William Kentridge (b.1955, Johannesburg, SA) lives and works in Johannesburg, SA. Studied BA Politics and African Studies at University of Witwatersrand (1973-6); Art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation (1976-8); and Mime and Theatre at Ecole Jacques Lecoq , Paris (1981-2). Founding member of the Free Filmmakers Cooperative, Johannesburg (1988). Internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, theatre and opera productions, his practice is born out of a cross-fertilisation between mediums and genres. Kentridge’s work responds to the legacies of colonialism and apartheid, within the context of South Africa's socio-political landscape. His aesthetics are drawn from the medium of film’s own history, from stop-motion animation to early special effects. Kentridge’s drawing, specifically the dynamism of an erased and redrawn mark, is an integral part of his expanded animation and filmmaking practice, where the meanings of his films are developed during the process of their making. Select solo exhibitions include What Will Come, Video installation, Newark Museum, Newark, UK (2017); William Kentridge; Thick Time, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); Triumphs, Laments and other Processions, Lia Rumma, Milan, IT (2016); William Kentridge: The Nose Series, David Krut Projects, New York, Us (2016); William Kentridge: Drawings for Lulu, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, US (2015); Refuse the Hour, BAM, Brooklyn, US (2015); More Sweetly Play the Dance, Marian Goodman Gallery, London UK (2015); If We Ever Get to Heaven, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam, NL (2015); Drawings: East Rand Proprietary Mines Cash Book, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, ZA (2014); and Sketches for a Neapolitan Mosaic, Lia Rumma, Napoli, IT (2012). Select group exhibitions include Creative Fury Joanna Bryant & Julian Page, London, UK (2016); Unnatural Landscapes David Krut Projects, New York, US (2016); Mantegna- DKW Prints  David Krut Projects, New York, US (2016); Art on Stage MAXXI, Museum of 21st Century Art, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, ES (2016); and Illumination Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, DK (2016). Career highlights include appointment as an Honorary Academician of the Royal Academy, London (2015). His work is held in public collections including ESSL MUSEUM – KUNST DER GEGENWART, Klosterneuburg, Austria; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; Berardo Museum, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal; Hiscox Art Projects, London, UK; Royal College of Art Galleries, London, UK; Tate Britain, London, UK; Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK; MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA; MoMA, New York City, NY, USA; and SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, USA. 

Last updated: 03.03.2017