William Kentridge / NO, IT IS / 2012 - 2013

William Kentridge / NO, IT IS / 2012 - 2013
18 December - 02 February 2013
Installation View
William Kentridge
Sighs and Traces, 2012
Drawing: Indian Ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary
101 x 122 cm
William Kentridge
A Poem I Used to Know, 2012
Drawing, Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary
153 x 176 cm
William Kentridge
Invention of Africa, 2012
Silkscreen on book page: pages from Historia Natural Do Brasil
Image size: 37.5 x 50.5 cm
William Kentridge
No, IT IS- Triptych of three flipbook flims: Workshop Receipts, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Practical Enquiries, 2012
HD video

William Kentridge
Against Argument (But not this one), 2012
Silkscreen on book page: pages from Septem Linguarum Calepinus 1746 / Silkscreen on Septum Linguarum Calepinus 1746
37.5 x 50.5 cm / Image size: 37.5 x 50.5 cm
William Kentridge
Torschluss Panik, 2012
Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Septem Linguarum Calepinus 1746
37.5 x 50.5 cm
William Kentridge
Kinetic Sculpture (megaphone with red hand drill), 2011
Mixed Media
172cm (height), footprint 58 x 58 cm
William Kentridge
Practical Epistemology, 2012
Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Septem Linguarum Calepinus 1746
37.5 x 50.5 cm
William Kentridge
The Full stop Swallows the Sentence, 2012
Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Septem Linguarum Calepinus 1746
37.5 x 50.5 cm
William Kentridge
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
William Kentridge
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
William Kentridge
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
William Kentridge
Anti-Entropy, 2012
Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Historia Natural Do Brasil
37.5 x 50.5 cm
William Kentridge
Vertical Thinking, 2012
Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from Historia Natural Do Brasil
37.5 x 50.5 cm
William Kentridge
The Pleasures of Self Deception, 2012
Silkscreen on Book Page: Pages from AD Pandectas Duobus Tomis Dilftributus
37.5 x 50.5 cm
William Kentridge
Poems I Used To Know, 2012
Silkscreen on Book Pages: Pages from AD Pandectas Duobus Tomis Dilftributus 1757
37.5 x 50.5 cm
William Kentridge
Thick Time, 2012
Silkscreen on Book Pages: Pages from AD Pandectas Duobus Tomis Dilftributus 1757
37.5 x 50.5 cm
William Kentridge
A Safe Space for Stupidity , 2012
Silkscreen on book pages: pages from AD Pandectas Duobus Tomis Dilftributus 1757 / Silkscreen on Septem Linguarum Calepinus 1746
37.5 x 50.5 cm / Image size: 37.5 x 50.5 cm
William Kentridge
Lie of the Land 2, 2012
Drawing, Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary
149 x 114 cm
William Kentridge
Lekkerbreek, 2012
Drawing: Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary
Image size: 155 x 99 cm
William Kentridge
Gash Gold, Vermilion, 2012
Drawing: Watercolour and pastel on book pages
Image size: 160 x 121 cm
William Kentridge
Thursday Afternoon Film , 2012
Drawing, Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary
142 x 121 cm
William Kentridge
Eye Chart, 2012
Drawing: Watercolour and pastel on book pages
Image size: 160 x 121 cm
William Kentridge
Invention of Africa 1, 2012
Drawing, Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary
151 x 176 cm
William Kentridge
Untitled (Singer sewing machine), 2012
Steel, timber, brass, aluminium, found objects (sewing machine), electronic components
66 x 60 x 40 cm (L x W x D)
William Kentridge
Just Add Ink, 2012
Drawing: Indian ink on book pages from Universal Technological Dictionary
Image size: 127 x 128 cm
William Kentridge
Untitled (Drum machine), 2012
Percussion instruments, drums, timber, steel, brass, aluminium, electronic components
300 x 160 x 100 cm (L x W x D)
William Kentridge
No, It Is, 2012
Drawing: Watercolour and coloured pencil on book pages from Workshop Receipts pinned to Vélin d'Arches 400gsm
Image size: 31 x 36 cm
William Kentridge
Untitled (Small bellows), 2012
Steel, timber, brass, found objects, leather, paper
260 x 150 x 120 cm (L x W x D)
William Kentridge
The Smell of Old Books, 2012
Drawing: Watercolour and pencil on book pages from Workshop Receipts pinned to Vélin d’Arches 400gsm
Image size: 90 x 62 cm
William Kentridge
Untitled (Large bellows), 2012
Steel, timber, brass, aluminium, cardboard, cloth, leather
250 x 150 x 150 cm (L x W x D)
William Kentridge
Paper Gestures, 2012
Drawing: Charcoal and pencil on pages from Workshop Receipts pinned to Vélin d’Arches 400gsm
Image size: 109 x 89 cm
William Kentridge
Untitled (Bicycle wheel), 2012
Steel, timber, brass, aluminium,bicycle parts and found objects
260 x 150 x 120 cm (L x W x D)
William Kentridge
Wanting to hold/ Needing to let go, 2012
Drawing: Charcoal, chalk, coloured paper and Indian ink on found pages pinned to Vélin d’Arches 300gsm
Image size: 110 x 152 cm
William Kentridge
Megaphone, 2012
Bronze
35 x 25 x 12 cm
William Kentridge
Sighs and Traces, 2012
Drawing: Charcoal, chalk, coloured pencil and Indian ink on book pages from Workshop Receipts pinned to Vélin d’Arches 400gsm
Image size: 122.5 x 102 cm
William Kentridge
Bird 1, 2012
Bronze
30 x 33 x 25 cm
William Kentridge
His Master's Cat, 2012
Drawing: Charcoal, chalk and coloured pencil on book pages from Workshop Receipts pinned to Vélin d’Arches 400gsm
Image size: 153 x 102 cm

William Kentridge / NO, IT IS / 2012 - 2013 - Installation View

18 December - 02 February 2013

William Kentridge

Sighs and Traces

William Kentridge

A Poem I Used to Know

William Kentridge

Invention of Africa

William Kentridge

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

William Kentridge

Against Argument (But not this one)

William Kentridge

Torschluss Panik

William Kentridge

Kinetic Sculpture (megaphone with red hand drill)

William Kentridge

Practical Epistemology

William Kentridge

The Full stop Swallows the Sentence

William Kentridge

Looking at the Sun

William Kentridge

Domesticating the Bicycle

William Kentridge

Leap Before You Look

William Kentridge

Anti-Entropy

William Kentridge

Vertical Thinking

William Kentridge

The Pleasures of Self Deception

William Kentridge

Poems I Used To Know

William Kentridge

Thick Time

William Kentridge

A Safe Space for Stupidity

William Kentridge

Lie of the Land 2

William Kentridge

Lekkerbreek

William Kentridge

Gash Gold, Vermilion

William Kentridge

Thursday Afternoon Film

William Kentridge

Eye Chart

William Kentridge

Invention of Africa 1

William Kentridge

Untitled (Singer sewing machine)

William Kentridge

Just Add Ink

William Kentridge

Untitled (Drum machine)

William Kentridge

No, It Is

William Kentridge

Untitled (Small bellows)

William Kentridge

The Smell of Old Books

William Kentridge

Untitled (Large bellows)

William Kentridge

Paper Gestures

William Kentridge

Untitled (Bicycle wheel)

William Kentridge

Wanting to hold/ Needing to let go

William Kentridge

Megaphone

William Kentridge

Sighs and Traces

William Kentridge

Bird 1

William Kentridge

His Master's Cat

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

William Kentridge

William Kentridge’s work has been seen in museums and galleries around the world since the 1990s, including Documenta in Kassel, Germany (1997, 2003, 2012), the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1998, 2010), the Albertina Museum in Vienna (2010), Jeu de Paume in Paris (2010), and the Musée du Louvre in Paris (2010), where he presented Carnets d’Egypte, a project conceived especially for the Egyptian Room. Kentridge’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute was presented at Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Festival d’Aix, and in 2011 at La Scala in Milan, and his production of Shostakovich’s The Nose was seen at The New York Metropolitan Opera in 2010 and again in 2013, traveling to Festival d’Aix and to Lyon in 2011. The 5-channel video and sound installation The Refusal of Time was made for Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany, in 2012; since then it has been seen at MAXXI in Rome, the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and other cities including Boston, Perth, Kyoto, Helsinki and Wellington. A substantial survey exhibition of Kentridge’s work opened in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, going on in following years to Porto Alegre, São Paulo, Bogota, Medellin, and Mexico City. In the summer of 2014 Kentridge’s production of Schubert’s Winterreise opened at the Vienna festival, Festival d’Aix, and Holland Festival. In the fall it opened at the Lincoln Center in New York. Paper Music, a concert of projections with live music by Philip Miller, opened in Florence in September 2014, and was presented at Carnegie Hall in New York in late October 2014. Both the installation The Refusal of Time and its companion performance piece Refuse the Hour were presented in Cape Town in February 2015. More recently, Kentridge’s production of the Alban Berg opera Wozzeck premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 2017, and earlier this year his latest performance project The Head & The Load opened at Tate Modern in London, and will travel to Park Avenue Armory in December 2018.

In 2010, Kentridge received the prestigious Kyoto Prize in recognition of his contributions in the field of arts and philosophy. In 2011, he was elected as an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and received the degree of Doctor of Literature honoris causa from the University of London. In 2012, Kentridge presented the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University and was elected member of the American Philosophical Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Also in that year, he was awarded the Dan David Prize by Tel Aviv University, and was named as Commandeur des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. In 2013, William Kentridge was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by Yale University and in 2014 received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cape Town.

Upcoming News and Projects

In 2019, Kentridge’s celebrated production of the Alban Berg opera Wozzeck will run for seven performances at the Sydney Opera House from 25 January to 15 February. A major museum survey show at Kunstmuseum Basel, opening 8 June until 13 October. In the second-half of the year there will be a major Kentridge exhibition across two venues in Cape Town: Zeitz MOCAA and the Norval Foundation.