The work of South African artist William Kentridge tracks a personal route across the fraught of apartheid and colonialism. Kentridge, born the son of a leading anti-apartheid lawyer at the time, witnessed the throes of the Apartheid and its tumultuous dissolution. Because of this, Kentridge sees has work as rooted in Johannesburg – the city in which he was born and continues to work.
Having studied visual arts at the Johannesburg Art Foundation and theater at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Kentridge incorporates printmaking, drawing, animated film and opera production into his breadth of work. Most notable are his stop animation films in which he films, frame by frame, a drawing that is edited and redrawn for each shot.
This edition The Nose is based on a series of drawings made for the 2010 staging of Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera, which was organized and produced by Kentridge. Since then he has continued to work with production of opera performances with his 2015 rendition of Alban Berg’s Lulu at the MET, for which he designed the set and directed.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA