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William Kentridge

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Birth year

Lives in
Johannesburg, South Africa

Works in
Johannesburg, South Africa

Representing galleries

Current Exhibitions and Events
Aug, 2015 Artists in Their Time
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

William Kentridge is a South African artist. He is best known for his animated films. These are constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it again. He continues this process meticulously, giving each change to the drawing a quarter of a second to two seconds' screen time. A single drawing will be altered and filmed this way until the end of a scene. These drawings are later displayed along with the films as finished pieces of art

William Kentridge Biography




Born in Johannesburg, South Africa



Schooling at King Edward VII School, Johannesburg, South Africa

1974 - 1976


BA, Politics/African Studies, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa



Studied etching, Johannesburg Art Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa

1981 - 1982


Studied mime & theatre at the Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France



First animated film in Soho Eckstein series



Staged first theatre project in conjunction with Handspring Puppet Company



Staged his first opera - Return of Ulysses, Brussels, Belgium



European Museum travelling exhibition starts in Brussels, Belgium


Lives with wife and family, Johannesburg, South Africa


Selected Exhibitions




Kentridge and Kudryashov: Against the Grain, Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC



Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany



The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway



Haunch of Venison, London, England



Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden



Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy



Singapore Art Museum, Singapore



Deste Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Athina, Greece



UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA



Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL



Augarten Contemporary, Wien, Austria



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



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



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



Vertical Time, Barbara Gladstone Gallery New York



Delta, Arc, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville Paris Paris
Documenta X, Museum Fredericianum Kassel
Applied Drawings, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg



Eidophusikon, Annandale Galleries Sydney



Johannesburg Biennale Johannesburg, South Africa
Bernard Jacobson Gallery London, England
Istanbul Biennale Istanbul, Turkey



Arts First London, England
Felix in Exile, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa



Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa
Retrospective of animated films at Edinbrgh Int. F
Venice Biennale Venice, Italy
Ruth Bloom Gallery Los Angeles, CA



Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa



Newton Art Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa



Cassirer Fine Art Johannesburg, South Africa
Museum of Modern Art Oxford



Vanessa Devereux Gallery London, England



Gallery International Cape Town



Cassirer Fine art Johannesburg, South Africa



Simon/Neuman Galleries New York, NY
Association of Art Gallery Pretoria



Cassirer Fine Art Johannesburg, South Africa



Association of Arts Cape Town



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


Recent Exhibits

William Kentridge participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2015 Editions / Artists' Book Fair
The Waterfront Tunnel
Nov, 2015 17th Edition of the Editions/Artists’ Books Fair
The Tunnel
MK Search Art
Sep, 2015 William Kentridge ‘More Sweetly Play the Dance’
Marian Goodman Gallery
Jul, 2015 Recent Works from David Krut Print Workshop (DKW)
David Krut Projects
Jun, 2015 Peripheral Thinking
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
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William Kentridge has Exhibited at these venues:

The Tunnel The Waterfront Tunnel
MK Search Art Marian Goodman Gallery
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art David Krut Projects
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
Sean Kelly Gallery The Underground Museum
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Palais des Beaux-Arts - Paris
The David Owsley Museum. Ball State University. IN CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
LeRoy Neiman Gallery Marian Goodman Gallery
LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz The Menil Collection
Cornell Fine Arts Museum Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati
PICA - Perth Institute of Contemporary Art Art First Contemporary Art
Leslie Sacks Fine Art Barbara Edwards Contemporary
Fowler Museum at UCLA Goodman Gallery Cape Town
Hunter College, Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston) Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Multi-Media and Light-Based Arts
National Gallery of Australia Senior & Shopmaker Gallery
Silvermine Arts Center IPCNY International Print Center New York
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki La Maison Rouge
Minnesota Center for Book Arts Royal Academy of Arts
Institut du Monde Arabe Haus der Kunst
Volte Mumbai Tate Modern
Millenaris Park, Budapest, Hungary Arizona State University Art Museum
The Chrysler Museum of Art Jewish Historical Museum
dOCUMENTA (13) Albertina
Tampa Museum of Art Martin-Gropius-Bau
Museum of Contemporary Art Norway National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea
Galerie Marian Goodman - Paris Visual Arts Center - University of Texas
PAPERWORK University of New Mexico Art Museum Center for the Arts (Main Campus)
Barbican Art Gallery Bekris Gallery
Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier Locks Gallery
Le Laboratoire MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
Campagne Première Berlin Denver Art Museum
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts Strydom Gallery
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Moscow Museum of Modern Art [25 Petrovka]
Harn Museum of Art Jeu de Paume
SITE Santa Fe The Jewish Museum
Katonah Museum of Art heartgalerie
Ticho House Dallas Museum of Art
Kyle Kauffman Gallery Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
Newark Museum Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego-Downtown
Gallery 16 USC Fisher Museum of Art
Santa Monica Museum of Art National Academy Museum
museum on the seam Porto Alegre, Brazil
Galerie Beaumontpublic Collegium Hungaricum
2B Galeria
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