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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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William Kentridge

b. 1955, South Africa

William Kentridge is a South African artist and draughtsman of Jewish and Lithuanian descent who presents the struggles and emotions of post­-Apartheid South Africa through a multitude of forms, notably  his animated films of charcoal drawings, as well as sculpture, tapestry, opera, and various other media. Through the 1970s, Kentridge studied politics and African studies, as well as fine arts in Johannesburg, and was also heavily involved in theatre. This laid a solid foundation for the structure of his work, informing the dramatic and rather jarring subject and narrative, and also influencing the means of approach and production.

There is an emphasis on process in his work. Kentridge points out that the viewer can pick up on the labour that has gone into his creative work, which adds  a sense of value and honesty to the piece, as they can 'sympathise' with an object or artwork. Kentridge’s painstaking approach to making his films is a visceral part of the work, as the series of drawings used are put on display alongside the film. This ‘process’ helps to give grounding and added weight to his expressionist style, which often deals with tragedy and graphic, uncomfortable subject matter. An example of this is History of the Main Complaint (1996), which shows a figure being violently beaten and the resulting injuries in an x-ray.

As a member of the South African Resistance Art movement of the 1980s, Kentridge’s work was virtually unknown outside his country, but he has since established an international reputation, exhibiting his drawings and films at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2008), and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004). He has also taken part in the Sydney Biennale on two occasions, 1996 and 2008, and also the documenta, in 1997 and 2002.

William Kentridge resides and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Lexicon Medium Bronze (Knight) by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeLexicon Medium Bronze (Knight), 2018 Bronze
93 x 106 x 53 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery
Carrier Pigeon by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeCarrier Pigeon, 2019 Bronze
92.2 x 130 x 50 cm
Goodman Gallery
Open (Medium Scale) by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeOpen (Medium Scale), 2018 Bronze
110 x 55 x 40 cm
Goodman Gallery
Drawing for Soft Dictionary ("Earning Its Keep") by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeDrawing for Soft Dictionary ("Earning Its Keep"), 2018 Charcoal on found pages
107 x 203 cm
Goodman Gallery
Soft Dictionary by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeSoft Dictionary, 2016 Single Channel HD Video
Goodman Gallery
Untitled (Drawing from Wozzeck 17) by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeUntitled (Drawing from Wozzeck 17), 2016 Charcoal and red pencil on Hahnemuhle paper
56.5 x 78 cm
Goodman Gallery
Untitled (Drawing for Wozzeck 65) by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeUntitled (Drawing for Wozzeck 65), 2016 Charcoal and red pencil on Hahnemuhle paper
60.5 x 80 cm
Goodman Gallery
Untitled (Drawing for Wozzeck 66) by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeUntitled (Drawing for Wozzeck 66), 2017 Charcoal and red pencil on Hahnemuhle paper
61 x 80 cm
Goodman Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, William Kentridge, Let us Try for Once at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
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1 March–20 April 2019 William Kentridge Let us Try for Once Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, That Which is Not Drawn at Marian Goodman Gallery, London
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25 January–23 February 2019 Group Exhibition That Which is Not Drawn Marian Goodman Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, William Kentridge, KABOOM! at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
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13 October–10 November 2018 William Kentridge KABOOM! Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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Armory Week Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Shows to See 2 Mar 2019 : Sharmistha Ray for Ocula

The Armory Show opens to the public on 7 March (running to 10 March 2019)—just about a week after the fair relocated a portion of its 194 exhibitors due to structural issues found in Pier 92, forcing its sister fair Volta to cancel its 2019 show so that Armory could occupy its Pier 90 venue. Despite the upheaval, New York's art week is going...

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William Kentridge Ocula Conversation William Kentridge Artist

For over 20 years, the legacies of colonialism have been recurring themes in William Kentridge's work. In 2018, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in recognition of a practice that has consistently charted 'a universal history of war and revolution, evoking the complexities and tensions of...

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Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels Ocula Report Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels 27 Apr 2018 : Denis Maksimov for Ocula

At the entrance of the fiftieth anniversary edition of Art Brussels (19–22 April 2018), Iván Navarro's Sediments (2017) at Galerie Templon's booth offered an appropriate 'welcome' into the bottomless world of an art fair—a world map rendered in lights that infinitely stretch into a void by way of an illusion created with mirrors. At La...

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William Kentridge’s Real and Metaphorical Cages Illuminate a Protest on Deportation Related Press William Kentridge’s Real and Metaphorical Cages Illuminate a Protest on Deportation Hyperallergic : 16 August 2018

MILWAUKEE—The current William Kentridge exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum, More Sweetly Play the Dance, is an immersive 2015 installation: a 14-minute video loop projected on a series of eight screens, 130 feet long in total. The screens unfold like an accordion book, not quite aligning, leaving small gaps that create page breaks in the...

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William Kentridge and the forgotten victims of Africa’s Great War Related Press William Kentridge and the forgotten victims of Africa’s Great War Financial Times : 6 July 2018

Does art have the power to affect people’s view of war and politics? In the years during and following the first world war, art did its best to reflect the desolation and sense of waste prompted by the monstrous number of lives lost between 1914 and 1918. Art and literature portrayed a world that had fallen apart and lost its moorings to meaning:...

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Artists Launch Global Art Project to Confront the Rise of Right-Wing Populism Related Press Artists Launch Global Art Project to Confront the Rise of Right-Wing Populism Art Forum : 27 February 2017

More than two hundred artists, musicians, writers, and arts professionals from forty countries have pledged to take part in Hands Off Our Revolution, a global art project that will organize a series of exhibitions and other programming to confront the rise of right-wing populism around the world.

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An unassuming storefront. A major museum. A collaboration that takes museum art to the people of L.A. Related Press An unassuming storefront. A major museum. A collaboration that takes museum art to the people of L.A. LA Times : 30 July 2015

Watching William Kentridge's video installation 7 Fragments for George Méliès is like watching a bunch of ghosts play with the materials of art. In this suite of seven videos, ink flows backward. Torn scraps of paper levitate and reassemble themselves. Drawings come magically to life.Kentridge is a highly regarded South African artist...

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