William Kentridge / NO, IT IS

About

2012

In March and April of 2012, William Kentridge delivered a series of six lectures, the Charles Eliot Norton lectures, at Harvard University. In June The Refusal of Time, a 5-channel video installation with complex soundscape by Philip Miller and a breathing machine, was first presented at Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany. In October the survey exhibition William Kentridge: Fortuna opened in Rio de Janeiro. In November The Refusal of Time was seen at MAXXI in Rome, and the related theatre piece Refuse the Hour was performed to sell-out audiences in both Rome and Athens.

The current exhibition of recent work at Goodman Gallery Cape, the first in Cape Town for five years, sets elements from these projects together with new work made especially for the exhibition – allowing the gallery to be the space where different bodies of work collide and make new connections.

NO, IT IS

The flipbook, NO, IT IS, designed by Fourthwall and co-published with the Goodman Gallery, was the start of a new project of making flipbooks and flipbook films. Both book and films are seen for the first time in this exhibition.

A special edition of the flipbook NO, IT IS comes with an original drawing of one of the pages made for the book.

A selection of pages used in making both book and films are choreographed into panels of between two and fifty drawings each.

RUBRICS

Rubrics, a series of red silkscreened texts, punctuate the room. The phrases were both prods for and are remnants of the series of six Norton lectures presented at Harvard University, and were printed at Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg.

INDIGENOUS TREES

A series of large drawings of trees in Indian ink analyse the form of different trees indigenous to southern Africa. Drawn across multiple pages from books, each drawing is put together as a puzzle – the single pages first painted, then the whole pieced together.

UNIVERSAL ARCHIVE

The ink brush mark is picked up in selected prints from a series of recent linocuts made at David Krut Workshop in Johannesburg, Universal Archive. Each print was made first as an ink drawing on paper; the image was transferred to lino and then cut, the fluid mark of brush and ink translating into the medium of linocut.

Four collage lithographs of typewriters, similarly derived from ink drawings, were printed by The Artists’ Press in White River, as were a series of smaller stone lithographs.

The two Colour Chart prints, also a translation from ink drawings, were printed by the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg.

THE SINGER & OTHER MOVING SCULPTURES

A company of kinetic sculptures have their origins in the project The Refusal of Time, and were constructed from megaphones, bicycle wheels, sewing machines, bellows, tripods, drums. A Singer sewing machine performs music composed by Philip Miller, as does a rack of drums, with software design and circuitry for both done by Janus Fouché. Design and construction of machines by Christoff Wolmarans and Chris-Waldo de Wet.

Four small bronze sculptures cast at Workhorse Bronze Foundry in Johannesburg fragment and gather form as they are viewed from different angles.

VINYL

A limited edition vinyl of Philip Miller’s musical soundscape for The Refusal of Time comes accompanied by an ink drawing by William Kentridge, and is presented in a box designed and made by Lunetta Bartz.

BOOKS

There are five publications from the past year available at the gallery:

NO, IT IS, a flipbook published by Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg, and Goodman Gallery (also in a special edition)

The Refusal of Time, a document of the creative process for the project of the same name, published by Xavier Barral, Paris

William Kentridge: Fortuna, edited by Lilian Tone, the catalogue of an exhibition that opened in Rio de Janeiro in October 2012 (text in Portuguese)

De Como Não Fui Ministro do Estado, a flipbook made for the exhibition William Kentridge: Fortuna, in Brazil (drawn on pages of Machado de Assis’s novel Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas, first published in 1881)

A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker, the catalogue of a substantial prints exhibition touring institutions in the UK, Hayward Publishing, London

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  • Lie of the Land 2

    Lie of the Land 2, 2012

    Drawing, Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary

    149 x 114 cm

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  • Lekkerbreek

    Lekkerbreek, 2012

    Drawing: Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary

    Image size: 155 x 99 cm

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  • Thursday Afternoon Film

    Thursday Afternoon Film , 2012

    Drawing: Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary

    Image size: 142 x 121 cm

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  • Invention of Africa 1

    Invention of Africa 1, 2012

    Drawing, Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary

    151 x 176 cm

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  • Just Add Ink

    Just Add Ink, 2012

    Drawing, Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary

    127 x 128 cm

  • No, it is

    No, it is, 2012

    Drawing, Water colour and coloured pencil on found pages on Velin arches 400gsm

    31 x 36 cm

  • The Smell of Old Books

    The Smell of Old Books, 2012

    Drawing, Water colour and pencil on book pages

    90 x 62 cm

  • Paper Gestures

    Paper Gestures, 2012

    Drawing, Charcoal and pencil on found pages

    109 x 89 cm

  • Wanting to hold/ Needing to let go

    Wanting to hold/ Needing to let go, 2012

    Drawing: Charcoal, chalk, coloured paper and Indian ink on found pages pinned to Velin Arches 300gsm

    110 ...

  • Sighs and Traces

    Sighs and Traces, 2012

    Drawing: Charcoal, chalk, coloured pencil and Indian ink on found pages pinned to Velin Arches 400gsm

    153 x 102 cm

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  • His Master's Cat

    His Master's Cat, 2012

    Drawing: Charcoal, chalk and coloured pencil on found pages pinned to Velin Arches 400gsm

    153 x 102 cm

  • Sighs and Traces

    Sighs and Traces, 2012

    Drawing: Indian Ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary

    101 x 122 cm

  • A Poem I used to Know

    A Poem I used to Know, 2012

    Drawing, Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary

    153 x 176 cm

  • Against Argument (But not this one)

    Against Argument (But not this one), 2012

    Silkscreen on book page: pages from Septem Linguarum Calepinus 1746 / Silkscreen on Septum Linguarum Calepinus ...

  • Torschluss Panik

    Torschluss Panik, 2012

    Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Septem Linguarum Calepinus 1746

    37.5 x 50.5 cm

    Edition of 16

    Available

  • Practical Epistemology

    Practical Epistemology, 2012

    Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Septem Linguarum Calepinus 1746

    37.5 x 50.5 cm

    Edition of 16

    Availa...

  • The Full stop Swallows the Sentence

    The Full stop Swallows the Sentence, 2012

    Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Septem Linguarum Calepinus 1746

    37.5 x 50.5 cm

    Edition of 16<...

  • Looking at the Sun

    Looking at the Sun, 2012

    Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Journal Northern Transvaal Lands Co Hld (NTL) January 1st 1927

    37.5 x 50.5 cm

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  • Domesticating the Bicycle

    Domesticating the Bicycle, 2012

    Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Journal Northern Transvaal Lands Co Hld (NTL) January 1st 1927

    37.5 x 50.5 cm<...

  • Leap Before You Look

    Leap Before You Look, 2012

    Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Journal Northern Transvaal Lands Co Hld (NTL) January 1st 1927

    37.5 x 50.5 cm

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  • Anti-Entropy

    Anti-Entropy, 2012

    Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Historia Natural Do Brasil

    37.5 x 50.5 cm

    Edition of 16

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  • Vertical Thinking

    Vertical Thinking, 2012

    Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Historia Natural Do Brasil

    37.5 x 50.5 cm

    Edition of 16

    Available

  • The Pleasures of Self Deception

    The Pleasures of Self Deception, 2012

    Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from AD Pandectas Duobus Tomis Dilftributus

    37.5 x 50.5 cm

    Edition of...

  • Poems I Used To Know

    Poems I Used To Know, 2012

    Silkscreen on Book Pages: Pages from AD Pandectas Duobus Tomis Dilftributus 1757

    37.5 x 50.5 cm

    Edition of 16

  • Thick Time

    Thick Time, 2012

    Silkscreen on Book Pages: Pages from AD Pandectas Duobus Tomis Dilftributus 1757

    37.5 x 50.5 cm

    Edition of 16

  • A Safe Space for Stupidity

    A Safe Space for Stupidity , 2012

    Silkscreen on book pages: pages from AD Pandectas Duobus Tomis Dilftributus 1757 / Silkscreen on Septem Linguarum Calep...

  • Gash Gold, Vermilion

    Gash Gold, Vermilion, 2012

    Drawing: Watercolour and pastel on book pages

    Image size: 160 x 121 cm

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  • Eye Chart

    Eye Chart, 2012

    Drawing: Watercolour and pastel on book pages

    Image size: 160 x 121 cm

  • Untitled (Singer sewing machine)

    Untitled (Singer sewing machine), 2012

    Steel, timber, brass, aluminium, found objects (sewing machine), electronic components

    66 x 60 x 40 cm (L x...

  • Untitled (Drum machine)

    Untitled (Drum machine), 2012

    Percussion instruments, drums, timber, steel, brass, aluminium, electronic components

    300 x 160 x 100 cm (L x W x D...

  • Untitled (Small bellows)

    Untitled (Small bellows), 2012

    Steel, timber, brass, found objects, leather, paper

    260 x 150 x 120 cm (L x W x D)

  • Untitled (Large bellows)

    Untitled (Large bellows), 2012

    Steel, timber, brass, aluminium, cardboard, cloth, leather

    250 x 150 x 150 cm (L x W x D)

  • Untitled (Bicycle wheel)

    Untitled (Bicycle wheel), 2012

    Steel, timber, brass, aluminium,bicycle parts and found objects

    260 x 150 x 120 cm (L x W x D)

  • Megaphone

    Megaphone, 2012

    Bronze

    39.5 x 28 x 11 cm

    Edition of 10

  • Bird 1

    Bird 1, 2012

    Bronze

    30 x 33 x 25 cm

    Edition of 10

  • No, IT IS- Triptych of three flipbook flims: Workshop Receipts, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Practical Enquiries

    No, IT IS- Triptych of three flipbook flims: Workshop Receipts, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Practical Enquiries, 2012

    HD video

    Edition of 9...

  • Kinetic Sculpture (megaphone with red hand drill)

    Kinetic Sculpture (megaphone with red hand drill), 2011

    Mixed Media

    1.7m (height), footprint 500 x 500mm

    Edition of 3