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William Kentridge (South African, b.1955)
LOT ID: 80779
Walking Man, 2000

Linocut, on Tableau rice paper
97.6 х 40 in. (247.9 x 101.6 cm.)
Signed, and numbered, lower left
Edition 6/25 + 5AP and 2 PP
Foundry/Publisher David Krut Fine Art, Pub., Osiah Masekwomeng, prntr.
Lot description
Known for his work that address the themes of history, memory, guilt and forgiveness, South African artist William Kentridge focuses on the enormous rift between the rich and the poor, the empowered and the disenfranchised. Exploring his social and political concerns with lyrical, alluring compositions, his work has a universal significance and speaks to oppression and inequity everywhere.

William Kentridge (b.1955) is a filmmaker, draughtsman, and sculptor, and the son of Sydney Kentridge, one of South Africa's foremost anti-apartheid lawyers. After studying politics and African history at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from 1973 until 1976, Kentridge studied Fine Art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation (1976–1978) and the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. His interest in theater—specifically in acting and design—influenced his artistic style and inspired a desire to connect film and drawing. Kentridge's drawings, usually rendered using pastels and charcoal, were often created as studies for animated films.

His work was further inspired by artistic satirists, including Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–1879), Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746-1828), and William Hogarth (British, 1697-1764). By the 1990s, Kentridge had established an international audience and reputation. His works have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA. Since the 1980s, Kentridge has been awarded various prizes, such as the Kaiserring Prize, the Carnegie Prize, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award, and the Red Ribbon Award for Short Fiction. He currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Selected Public Collections:
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England
Walking Man by William Kentridge
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