William Kentridge

Born in Johannesburg, 1955 and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa

William Kentridge was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1955. He attended the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (1973–76), Johannesburg Art Foundation (1976–78), and studied mime and theater at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris (1981–82). Having witnessed first-hand one of the twentieth century’s most contentious struggles—the dissolution of apartheid—Kentridge brings the ambiguity and subtlety of personal experience to public subjects that are most often framed in narrowly defined terms. Using film, drawing, sculpture, animation, and performance, he transmutes sobering political events into powerful poetic allegories. In a now-signature technique, Kentridge photographs his charcoal drawings and paper collages over time, recording scenes as they evolve. Working without a script or storyboard, he plots out each animated film, preserving every addition and erasure. Aware of myriad ways in which we construct the world by looking, Kentridge uses stereoscopic viewers and creates optical illusions with anamorphic projection, to extend his drawings-in-time into three dimensions. Kentridge has had major exhibitions at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009); Philadelphia Museum of Art (2008); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, (2007); and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2004); among others. He has also participated in Prospect.1 New Orleans (2008); the Sydney Biennale (1996, 2008); and Documenta (1997, 2002). His opera and theater works, often produced in collaboration with Handspring Puppet Company, have appeared at Brooklyn Academy of Music (2007); Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa (1992, 1996, 1998); and Festival d’Avignon, France (1995, 1996). His production of Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera, The Nose, premiered in 2010 at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in conjunction with a retrospective organized by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. William Kentridge lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

William Kentridge
William Kentridge, South Africa’s most celebrated living artist, takes on the Main Galleries of the Royal Academy in London for their Autumn single artist show.
24 Sep 2022 - 11 Dec 2022
Royal Academy of Arts
William Kentridge: Weigh All Tears
Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong presents "William Kentridge: Weigh All Tears", Kentridge’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong.
17 Mar 2022 - 29 May 2022
Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong
Hong Kong
William Kentridge : Glyphs
Goodman Gallery present an exhibition of bronze glyphs from William Kentridge‘s ongoing Lexicon...
28 Nov 2021 - 31 Jan 2022
Goodman Gallery Miami
Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art
The exhibition highlights artists whose works embody the possibilities and complexities of our contemporary moment, showcasing a wide range of practices and thematics, including abstraction, representation, politics, spirituality, and race. Collapsing national borders, the artists in the exhibition ally with power, representing a kaleidoscope of voices that declare their authority.
07 Nov 2021 - 06 Feb 2022
Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM
William Kentridge: Finally Memory Yields
On the ground floor, three new Indian-ink drawings of trees are exhibited for the first time: “Finally...
18 Oct 2021 - 27 Nov 2021
Marian Goodman Paris
William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance
New and recent works including drawings, works on paper, sculptures, new films, and sound and video installations.
13 Feb 2021 - 30 Aug 2021
Mudam Luxembourg
William Kentridge: Waiting for the Sibyl and Other Histories
The exhibition at Lia Rumma, Milan, consolidates the artist's 20-year-long relationship with the gallery and the Italian country
04 Jun 2020 - 17 Oct 2020
Lia Rumma, Milan
Among the Trees
Hayward Gallery presents in London the group exhibition "Among the Trees", to explore our relationship with nature
04 Mar 2020 - 17 May 2020
Hayward Gallery
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