Kenyon College

William Kentridge: Universal Archive

April 25, 2014–July 13, 2014  [+]

Renowned South African artist, William Kentridge (b. 1955), shares new work inspired during the writing of his Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard in 2012.  In this expanding series, a familiar personal iconography is revisited–coffee pots, typewriters, cats, trees, nudes and other imagery; an intimate thematic repertoire appearing in art and stage productions throughout the artist’s career. Meticulously based on ink sketches, over 75 linocut prints shift from identifiable subject matter to deconstructed images of abstract marks on dictionary and encyclopedia pages, forming juxtapositions that suggest skepticism about the creative process and knowledge construction.  This is the first major exhibition of the Universal Archive series and is organized with the cooperation of David Krut, in whose Johannesburg print studio Kentridge produced the series.

Exhibition Sponsor: Alva Greenberg ‘74

On view April 25 – July 13, 2014

Opening Reception: April 25, 5-7 PM

Fischman Lobby, Gund Gallery