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New William Kentridge Books: The Refusal of Time, A Universal Archive and No, It Is

David Krut Publishing is proud to announce the publication of three new books on the work of William Kentridge: William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time, A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker and No, It Is.

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William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time

William Kentridge: The Refusal of TimeThe installation-performance entitled The Refusal of Time by South African artist William Kentridge was created out of his encounter with composer Philip Miller and through a series of exchanges with science historian Peter Galison. The Refusal of Time combines music, readings, dance, chants, videos, drawings and performance and brings Kentridge’s questioning of the notion of time to the stage.

Echoing this theatrical performance that is constantly evolving, the book is a mise en abyme: it presents highlights from the show, drawings that were especially produced by the artist for the book, many sketches and study notebooks, all of the texts read during the performance, as well as interviews with Peter Galison and images from the workshop. A scrapbook of The Refusal of Time, this artist’s book can be seen as a work in progress, immersing the reader in the heart of William Kentridge’s creative process.

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A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker

A Universal ArchiveSouth African artist William Kentridge is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, and theatre and opera productions. He is also an innovative and prolific printmaker – of etchings, engravings, aquatints, silkscreens, linocuts and lithographs – often experimenting with challenging formats and combinations of printing techniques to create highly worked, intensely atmospheric imagery. His prints range in scale from intimate etchings and drypoints to linocuts on rice paper and canvas measuring over eight feet high and are reproduced on a variety of materials, a tactile approach which is echoed in the design and production of this volume.

This unique and beautifully presented book includes almost 100 prints from 1988 to the present, with a stress on experimental, collaborative and serial works. Kentridge’s distinctive use of light and shadow and silhouettes, his concern with memory and perspective, and his absorption in literary texts are all strongly in evidence throughout this book, which provides new insights into the working methods of this prolific artist.

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No, It Is

No, It IsNo, It Is, a new flipbook by William Kentridge, contains 280 drawings from a series of approximately 500 drawings made over three months.

The flipbook is launched in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town. The 280 drawings in No, It Is were made on the pages of old, found books and also feature in a series of films to be shown at the exhibition.
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Roelof Petrus van Wyk Discusses Jong Afrikaner: A Self-Portrait with Jeremy Kuper

Jong Afrikaner: A Self-PortraitJeremy Kuper from the Mail & Guardian interviewed Roelof Petrus van Wyk about his book, Jong Afrikaner: A Self-Portrait.

Van Wyk discussed the portrayal of modern Afrikaans women and the perception of Afrikaners in general, saying that his work is not intended as a PR exercise for “liberal and enlightened” Afrikaners but that if people do change their views on Afrikaners then that is “marvellous”:

It contains colour portraits of white Afrikaans-speaking men and women, naked from the chest up and set against a black background. “I am these people,” says Van Wyk. All the subjects are close personal friends, who share his progressive Afrikaner values.

I first met Van Wyk last year at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, where a snapshot of his Jong Afrikaner project was included in the Figures and Fictions exhibition of works by South Africa’s leading photographers.

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Q&A with Faith47: Wishes, Magical Powers and Books

Faith47Faith47 answered a series of short questions from Juxtapoz magazine on topics ranging from what magical power she would choose to whether or not her artwork is understood.

The artist shared that “painting flowing solid silhouette pieces in quite abandoned buildings” makes her happy and that when she hits a creative block she spends time in nature and looks at old religious artworks and woodcuts for inspiration:

Faith47 (Juxtapoz #94) is fearless. One of the few female artists actively and consistently getting up in South Africa, Faith47 offers just that: faith in a time and area all too often consumed with fear and inequality. We catch up with the legend herself, Faith47 for some honest talk about Africa, her art, and herself.

Today, I feel:
Several different emotions simultaneously in effect within me.

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Roelof van Wyk Challenges Preconceptions with Photos in Jong Afrikaner: A Self-Portrait

Jong Afrikaner: A Self-PortraitJong Afrikaner: A Self-Portrait is a book of exquisite portraits of urbanised, creative, engaged Afrikaners who present a challenge to preconceived ideas about Afrikaner identity and values. These “new” Afrikaners have come of age in a South Africa very different to that of their forebears, and are connected to each other through friendship, marriage, shared values, preferences and tastes, rather than through any supposed national identity. They wholeheartedly seek and embrace creativity and plurality in their work and personal lives.

Van Wyk chose some of his subjects from amongst his own friends, family and colleagues for their stories that evince a multi-layered and richly varied Afrikaner identity: a married gay couple adopts a black child; a pint-sized young woman is the voice of an Afrikaans rap-rave band making waves globally; an Afrikaner man becomes a sangoma. In some cases, he was intrigued by stories of interesting lineage or tales of anti-apartheid activism (a lawyer to Winnie Mandela in one family, a playwright censored by the state in another). Sometimes he was drawn to compelling physical features that seemed to convey the old European history of a person born on the African continent. The portraits resonate with these rich narratives of history, culture and family, complicating our idea of what it means to be a “white African”.

Jong Afrikaner includes Stephanus Muller’s rich text, “Betoog oor die epiese soektog na die beminde van die siel in die vernielde wingerd”, specially commissioned for this book and translated into English and Dutch by Michiel Heyns and Riet de Jong-Goossens.

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Artist Faith47 Shares Her Resolutions for 2013

Faith47Stated Magazine asked Faith47 to share the resolutions she’s made for 2013. Starting with “i will not scowl” and ending with “i will observe” her list deviates from tradition and is presented in a stream of consciousness style.

The resolutions range from the personal, “i will not look at the faults of others but rather improve those of my own”, and the mundane, “i will not forget to water the plants”, to her goals for her art, “i will paint more canvas and less wood.”

Read the complete list:

i will not scowl. i will not lose my keys. i will calm my mind. smoke less cigarettes. drink less alcohol. more water. i will go for regular mandarin lessons with a personal tutor. i will read more and speak less. i will laugh more at trivial things. i will dedicate more time to meditation. i will watch more documentaries. i will go to more gallery openings. i will give more help to keya with his studies. i will find him an afrikaans tutor. i will be kinder. i will forget painful events fast and remember good moments forever. i will remember painful moments and treasure good events in my heart. i will dig deeper.

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Kate Crane Briggs Recommends William Kentridge’s No, It Is Exhibition

Kate Crane Briggs from What’s on in Cape Town attended William Kentridge’s exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in Woodstock, entitled No, It Is.

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The exhibition includes works that have not been exhibited before and others that have only been seen overseas, where Kentridge has had several exhibits in the last year. Briggs says that the stand-out pieces of the show are his large scale drawings of indigenous trees, produced in black ink over pages from old technical books that are then pieced together. The exhibition is on until 2 February 2013.

William Kentridge (b. 1955) is one of South Africa’s best known and most respected international artists. In the past twelve months alone he has performed to full houses in America (Harvard, no less) and in Italy and Greece. His work was included at Documenta (13), a contemporary art mecca held every four years in Kassel, Germany. Exhibitions of Kentridge’s work can currently be seen in prestigious venues as varied as the Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro and the new Tanks at Tate Modern in London. Meanwhile his first solo exhibition in Cape Town for five years has just opened at the Goodman Gallery in Woodstock.

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Image courtesy Goodman Gallery

Video: Faith47 Speaks About the Street Art Movement and the Transient Nature of Her Work

Faith47The 21 Icons Global Project filmed street artist Faith47 as she creates temporary works of art in public spaces – especially old dilapidated factories and other surfaces that she knows are not going to last very long.

In the following video, Faith47 speaks about the new movement towards street art, saying that it is “huge globally”. While many people still “can’t get their head around it”, she believes that in twenty to thirty years’ time we’re going to read about this movement in all art textbooks.

Watch the video:

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Video: William Kentridge Discusses the Theatrical Nature of His Vertical Thinking Exhibition

Blouin Artinfo interviewed William Kentridge about his “Vertical Thinking” exhibition at the Maxxi museum in Italy, which will be on show until 3 March. Kentridge spoke about the theatrical nature of the exhibition as many of the pieces were created in connection to theatre performances. He wanted to show how the pieces came out of the theatre into the studio and from there to the gallery.

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Kentridge expanded on the title of the exhibition, which he says is a way of thinking about landscapes. He spoke about how Johannesburg was founded on the gold that lies under the ground, the extraction of which required vertical thinking. Kentridge also relates the idea to film, which he says is a collection of vertical images – an inversion of our usual way of seeing things.

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Video: Watch Artist Faith47 at Work

In this UK Street Art video, Faith47 shows how she reconstructs found objects to create her art. Also in the video is Chinese artist Dal East who exhibited with Faith47 in Australia’s Rtist Gallery last year.

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New William Kentridge Exhibition Showing at The Goodman Gallery Cape Town

William KentridgeThe Goodman Gallery in Cape Town will be exhibiting pages from William Kentridge’s NO, IT IS. The pages are drawings in water colour and coloured pencil on found pages.


The show is the culmination of a flipbook design and flipbook film project which the Goodman Gallery co-published with Fourthwall Books. The exhibition will feature a selection of pages used in making both books and films. Having run from December 18, the exhibition is on until February 2.

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.

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Image courtesy Fourthwall Books