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William Kentridge

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Birth year

Lives in
Johannesburg, South Africa

Works in
Johannesburg, South Africa

Representing galleries

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Nov, 2015 Editions / Artists' Book Fair
The Waterfront Tunnel
Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2015 William Kentridge ‘More Sweetly Play the Dance’
Marian Goodman Gallery
Jun, 2015 Journey To The Moon
The Underground Museum

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:

Jul, 2015 Recent Works from David Krut Print Workshop (DKW)
David Krut Projects
Jun, 2015 Peripheral Thinking
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Jun, 2015 Notes Towards a Model Opera
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
Jun, 2015 By the Book
Sean Kelly Gallery
May, 2015 The Pictorial Unconscious
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Apr, 2015 Pliure, Epilogue (La bibliothèque, l’univers)
Palais des Beaux-Arts - Paris
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William Kentridge has Exhibited at these venues:

The Waterfront Tunnel Marian Goodman Gallery
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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