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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Jareh Das

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Ocula Insight Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Sherry Paik, New York

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b. 1955, South Africa

William Kentridge Biography

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.

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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.

William Kentridge Featured Artworks

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Refugees I & II: (Leaning On Air & God's Opinion is Unknown) by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeRefugees I & II: (Leaning On Air & God's Opinion is Unknown), 2018Indian ink, charcoal, digital print, black paper, tape and red pencil on paper
Goodman Gallery Enquire about this work
Cape Silver (Medium Scale) by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeCape Silver (Medium Scale), 2018Bronze
41.7 x 33.5 x 26.4 inches
Goodman Gallery Enquire about this work
Cat by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeCat, 2019Bronze
27.6 x 43.6 x 60.2 inches
Goodman Gallery Enquire about this work
Lexicon Medium Bronze (Knight) by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeLexicon Medium Bronze (Knight), 2018Bronze
93 x 106 x 53 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery Enquire about this work
That Which I Do Not Remember from Triumphs and Laments by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeThat Which I Do Not Remember from Triumphs and Laments, 2017Arrangement of 13 woodcuts onto 26 sheets of Somerset Velvet, Soft White paper, each with relief printing, assembled with 56 aluminium pins
82 1/2 x 78 1/2 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Enquire about this work
Notes Towards a Model Opera by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeNotes Towards a Model Opera, 20153 channel video installation in 1.45 aspect ration (non-standard), 4 channels of audio, 11 min 22 sec
Marian Goodman Gallery Enquire about this work
Cicero by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeCicero, 2014Mohair tapestry (woven by the Stephens Tapestry Studio, Johannesburg)
180 x 195 cm
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Untitled (mask and Large Glove) by William Kentridge contemporary artwork
William KentridgeUntitled (mask and Large Glove), 2016Etching, paper: Hannemuhle 300 gsm
59.3 x 42.8 cm
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William Kentridge Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine at Goodman Gallery, London
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3 October–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine Goodman Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Acts of Reading at Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
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25 May–13 July 2019 Group Exhibition Acts of Reading Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
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

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William Kentridge In Ocula Magazine

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Basel

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...

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Armory Week Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Shows to See Sharmistha Ray, New York

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...

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William Kentridge Ocula Conversation William Kentridge Keli-Safia Maksud, Toronto

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 Denis Maksimov, Brussels

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 In Related Press

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William Kentridge’s Indictment of Colonial and Apartheid Injustice Related Press William Kentridge’s Indictment of Colonial and Apartheid Injustice 26 September 2019, Frieze

What does it mean to speak? To speak in a way that not only broaches the moral ambiguities of silence, but also probes the limits of speech's capacity to make sense of the world. William Kentridge, the Johannesburg artist and theatre director, addresses this question in a 2018 essay titled 'Let Us Try for Once'. The text forms part of a dispersed...

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THAT WHICH WE DO NOT REMEMBER WILLIAM KENTRIDGE Related Press THAT WHICH WE DO NOT REMEMBER WILLIAM KENTRIDGE 1 March 2019, ArtAsiaPacific

As I looked through William Kentridge's That Which We Do Not Remember at Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales, led by the multimedia artist himself, it became increasingly apparent to me that Kentridge, often described as a distinctive and powerful voice in the global contemporary art realm, is both erudite and generous with his ideas.

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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 16 August 2018, Hyperallergic

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...

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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 6 July 2018, Financial Times

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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