William Kentridge

Internationally renowned artist, William Kentridge, is perhaps best known for his films, theatre, and opera, but he is also prolific in producing limited edition fine art prints which are as varied and complex as his films. Among Kentridge’s current projects at David Krut Print Workshop is a series of etchings based on his production of Shostakovich’s opera The Nose, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in March 2010.

Kentridge earned a BA in Politics and African Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1976. Thereafter he studied Fine Art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation until 1978, where he later taught printmaking. In the mid-1970s, Kentridge became active in film and theatre, working as a writer, director, actor and set-designer. He was a founding member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company based in Johannesburg and Soweto from 1975 to 1991. He also studied mime and theatre at L'Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris from 1981 to 1982. In 1988 he founded the Free Filmmakers Cooperative, established in Johannesburg.

Since his participation in Dokumenta X in Kassel in 1997, Kentridge's work has been shown in countless museums and galleries around the world, starting with the MCA San Diego in 1998 and the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1999. Kentridge received the Carnegie Medal for the Carnegie International 1999/2000 and the Goslar Kaisserring in 2003.

The installation 7 Fragments for Georges Méliès, Day for Night and Journey to the Moon was presented at the 2005 Venice Biennale. April 2005 saw the premiere of a production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) at the Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, with Kentridge directing and René Jacobs as conductor, touring cities such as New York, Naples, and Johannesburg. In October 2005, the Deutsche Bank Guggenheim in Berlin presented Black Box / Chambre Noire, a miniature theatre piece with mechanized puppets, projection and original music by Philip Miller.

In 2008 he won the Oskar Kokoschka Award and has received honorary doctorates from universities around the world. His recent work also includes Telegrams from the Nose, a collaborative performance with composer Francois Sarhan, and for the Sydney Biennale of 2008, both I Am Not Me, The Horse is Not Mine, a solo lecture/performance piece, and an installation of the same title, comprising eight film fragments.

Kentridge met David Krut in 1992 and since then has printed numerous series of works and has been included in various publications, including the first CD-ROM on the artist in 1997. Some of the series that have been printed at DKW over the years include Thinking Aloud, the Magic Flute series, Collaborations with Rosenclaire, Nose, West Coast Series and Scribble Cat. Many of his works printed at DKW can be found in international galleries and museums such as The Tate, in London, The National Gallery and the Corcoran Collection, in Washington DC, and the Museum of Modern Art, in New York, to mention a few.