William Kentridge  (South African, 1955) 

William Kentridge (South African, 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 in New York, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 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.

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William Kentridge, Studio Portrait


William Kentridge
Studio Portrait

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
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William Kentridge, Universal Archive: Ref. 66


William Kentridge
Universal Archive: Ref. 66

Barbara Krakow Gallery
William Kentridge, Universal Archive: Ref. 63


William Kentridge
Universal Archive: Ref. 63

Barbara Krakow Gallery
William Kentridge, Still Life (from Stereoscopic Portfolio)


William Kentridge
Still Life (from Stereoscopic Portfolio)

Gallery Schlesinger
William Kentridge, Walking Man Turning Into A Tree


William Kentridge
Walking Man Turning Into A Tree

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William Kentridge, Sleeper Red


William Kentridge
Sleeper Red

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William Kentridge, untitled (Bucket), untitled (Megaphone)


William Kentridge
untitled (Bucket), untitled (Megaphone)

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William Kentridge, Give & Take Series


William Kentridge
Give & Take Series

Leslie Sacks Contemporary
William Kentridge, Give & Take Series


William Kentridge
Give & Take Series

Leslie Sacks Contemporary
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William Kentridge, Bicycle Kick


William Kentridge
Bicycle Kick, 2012


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William Kentridge, Untitled


William Kentridge
Untitled, 2008
India ink, found pages, color pencil and collage on paper


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William Kentridge, Studio portrait


William Kentridge
Studio portrait
color silkscreen


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1955   Born in Johannesburg, South Africa
1973   Schooling at King Edward VII School, Johannesburg, South Africa
1974 - 1976   BA, Politics/African Studies, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
1976   Studied etching, Johannesburg Art Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa
1981 - 1982   Studied mime & theatre at the Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France
1989   First animated film in Soho Eckstein series
1992   Staged first theatre project in conjunction with Handspring Puppet Company
1998   Staged his first opera - Return of Ulysses, Brussels, Belgium
1998   European Museum travelling exhibition starts in Brussels, Belgium
  Lives with wife and family, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013   William Kentridge - QUAD Gallery, Derby (England)
Große Gefühle - Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
2012   NO, IT IS - The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
Vertical Thinking - MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
William Kentridge: I am not me, the horse is not mine - Tate Modern, London (England)
William Kentridge - Universal Archive - David Krut Projects - New York, New York City, NY
William Kentridge: Five Themes - ACMI - Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, VIC
2011   William Kentridge - The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
William Kentridge: Five Themes - Garage Center for Contemporary Culture - GCCC, Moscow
William Kentridge in the Museum of Fine Arts - Museum of Fine Arts - Budapest, Budapest
William Kentridge - Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City, NY
New Media Series - William Kentridge: Two Films - Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
2010   William Kentridge - Galleries at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
William Kentridge - Journey to the Moon - TPW - Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto, ON
South Africa Projections: Films by William Kentridge - The Jewish Museum of New York, New York City, NY
William Kentridge: Five Themes - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
William Kentridge - Nose. Thirty Etchings - David Krut Projects - New York, New York City, NY
William Kentridge - What We See & What We Know - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
2009   Kentridge and Kudryashov: Against the Grain, Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC
2008   Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway
Haunch of Venison, London, England
2007   Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy
2006   Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2005   Deste Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Athina, Greece
2005   UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2004   Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
2003   Augarten Contemporary, Wien, Austria
2001   Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington, D.C.
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
William Kentridge Recent Editions, In association with David Krut Fine Art, Robert Brown Gallery, Wash. DC, & Gracie Mansion, N.Y.
The Short Century, Museum Villa Stuck Berlin, Chicago, New York, Vienna, Cape Town
2000   The Self is Something Else, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Dusseldorf, Germany
A Double View: Three Exhibitions, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Third Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
Vertical Painting, P.S.1 New York, NY
Marian Goodman Gallery New York, NY
Stephen Friedman Gallery London, England
Annandale Galleries Sydney, Australia
NSISTENT MEMORY: THE Architecture of Time in Video, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainsville, Fl
La Beaute, Beauty in Fabula, Papal Palace Avignon, France
1999   Venice Biennale: D'Apertutto, Giardini di Castello and Arsenale Venice
Istanbul Biennale: The Passion and the Wave, Istanbul, Turkey
Unfinished History, MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL
Carnegie International 1999/2000 CI 99:00, Carnegie Museum of Art, awarded the Carnegie Medal Pittsburgh
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
Projects 68: William Kentridge, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Belgium
Kunstverein Munchen Munich, Germany
Kunstwelten im Dialog, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Germany
A Sangre y Fuego, Espai d'art contemporani de Castelló
The Drawing Centre New York, NY
Museu d'Arte Contemporani de Barcelona Barcelona
Neue Galerie Graz Graz
Serpentine Gallery London
Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels
Kunstverein Munchen Munich
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
1998   Vertical Time, Barbara Gladstone Gallery New York
1997   Delta, Arc, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville Paris Paris
Documenta X, Museum Fredericianum Kassel
Applied Drawings, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
1996   Eidophusikon, Annandale Galleries Sydney
1995   Johannesburg Biennale Johannesburg, South Africa
Bernard Jacobson Gallery London, England
Istanbul Biennale Istanbul, Turkey
1994   Arts First London, England
Felix in Exile, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa
1993   Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa
Retrospective of animated films at Edinbrgh Int. F
Venice Biennale Venice, Italy
Ruth Bloom Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1992   Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa
1991   Newton Art Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa
1990   Cassirer Fine Art Johannesburg, South Africa
Museum of Modern Art Oxford
1989   Vanessa Devereux Gallery London, England
1988   Gallery International Cape Town
1987   Cassirer Fine art Johannesburg, South Africa
1986   Simon/Neuman Galleries New York, NY
Association of Art Gallery Pretoria
1985   Cassirer Fine Art Johannesburg, South Africa
1981   Association of Arts Cape Town
1979   Market Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa
Les Arts de la Résistance: Fin de Siécle, Johannesburg, Galerie Michel Luneau Nantes
Seventh Havana Biennale: Closer to One Another, Havana
Nominee for Hugo Boss Prize, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Soho) New York
Simunye: We Are One, Adelson Galleries New York
  ESSL MUSEUM - KUNST DER GEGENWART, Klosterneuburg, Austria
T-B A21 - Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Hiscox Art Projects, London (England), United Kingdom
Royal College of Art Galleries, London (Englan, United Kingdom
Tate Britain, London (England), United Kingdom
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton (England) United Kingdom
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, USA