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William Kentridge (Phaidon Contemporary Series)


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ISBN 10: 0714838292 / ISBN 13: 9780714838298
Published by Phaidon Press, Inc, London and New York, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Printed wrappers; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Drawings, prints, films and texts by William Kentridge. Interview with the artist by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Additional texts by Dan Cameron and J.M. Coetzee. Includes a biography, exhibition history and a bibliography. 160 pp., with 120 four-color and 30 black-and-white illustrations. 11-3/8 x 10 inches. Fine in Fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 108921

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Title: William Kentridge (Phaidon Contemporary ...

Publisher: Phaidon Press, Inc, London and New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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William Kentridge's (b.1955) black-and-white, animated films offer an emblematic and unprecedented insight into the South Africa of today, from the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to traces of apartheid's violence in the landscape around Johannesburg. This is the first book to document the work of this extraordinary artist, who exploded on the international art scene in 1997 after working for some 20 years little known outside of his native South Africa. The images in Kentridge's films depict political realities, expressed in terms of individual human suffering. They are patiently made up of dozens of drawings, often made from the erasure as well as the addition of lines and forms. A week's drawing can give rise to just 40 seconds of animation. Socio-political traumas such as apartheid and the Holocaust are enigmatically narrated through his melancholy, tormented images. Like some of the Expressionists who also relied on strong draughtsmanship, such as Max Backman and Kathe Kollwitz, Kentridge presents politically engaged art via depictions of the personal. This invaluable book is the first extensive monograph available on his work. American curator and critic Dan Cameron surveys Kentridge's work withing the context of politicized art practice while analysing the formal innovations of his animation techniques. European art critic and curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev discusses with the artist the political and philosophical dimensions of his relationship to drawing. Booker Prize-winning South African novelist J. M. Coetzee focusses on the artist's animated film History of the Main Complaint (1996) as a pivotal point in the development of Kentridge's best-known characters Soho Eckstein and Felix Teitlebaum. The Artist's Choice selection is an extract from Confessions of Zeno (1923) by Italo Svevo, which reflects the autobiographical content of the artist's work. Kentridge's writings span meditations on the process of drawing, the political situation in South Africa and traditions of representation upon which he has drawn, ranging from Goya and Hogarth to Beckmann and Eisenstein.

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Examining the black and white animated films of William Kentridge, this volume discusses the political and philosophical dimensions of drawing, a term the artist applies equally to his works on paper, film and theatre productions. It surveys Kentridge's work within a broad historical and geographic context of politicised art practices while analyzing the formal innovations of his animation techniques.

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