William Kentridge / What Will Come / 2007

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An exhibition of recent work by William Kentridge opens on November 10th 2007, at the Goodman Gallery. This exhibition, entitled What Will Come takes its title from the Ghanaian proverb ‘What will come has already come’.

Kentridge is renowned for his animated films, drawn and animated using trademark multiple erasure technique, in which he explores the nature of human emotion and memories, and deals with the quest for cultural identity, ingrained history and politics of South Africa, intensely dedicating himself to issues of sight in his work*. Through a series of new drawings, prints, and stereoscopic images that form the basis of What Will Come, Kentridge continues to explore the medium of sight, reflecting his continued concern with optics and the construction of seeing. The exhibition is centered around an eight minute anamorphic film, entitled What will come.

This filmic anamorphosis in which images, drawn and animated by Kentridge, assume their proper form only when reflected in a mirrored cylinder positioned at the projection’s centre. This film draws on the idea of the picture puzzle that originated in the sixteenth century. Kentridge translates this play with perception that operates distorted images that can only be deciphered from a certain angle in his film. The technique of cylindrical mirror anamorphosis Kentridge employs is based on a further level of perception. It is not enough to change one’s point of view but a cylindrical mirror is essential to decode the picture, with a certain radius that reflects the distorted image, causing it to ‘straighten’ optically. The production of these images relies on Kentridge’s profound knowledge of mathematical rules and optical foundations*.

A number of anamorphic drawings from the film will also be shown, mirrored in cylinders. Other work concerned with optics and the construction of seeing, includes series of stereoscopic photogravures that take on three dimensions as one looks through large stereoscopic viewers. Outsized stereoscopic drawings likewise gain unexpected depth when viewed stereoscopically. In addition to this work which deconstructs the mechanics of seeing, 40 to 50 graphics from the past year will be shown. These relate to the opera The Magic Flute, the mini-theatre installation Black Box, the film What Will Come, and to Shostakovich’s opera The Nose. Finally, a series of table-top equestrian sculptures muse on ‘the Nose on horseback’, as Kentridge begins work towards a production of Shostakovich’s opera The Nose, to open in New York in 2010.

This exhibition will open on Saturday 10th November at noon, and closes on the 14th December 2007.

  • Nose with hairbrush

    William Kentridge

    Nose with hairbrush , 2007

    Acrylic, Indian ink and water colour on canvas

    229 x 147cm

  • Still Life

    William Kentridge

    Still Life, 2007

    Aquatint, openbite, drypoint, printed on hand-painted ground

    59.5 x 59.5 cm

    Edition of 40

  • Equestrian Horse

    William Kentridge

    Equestrian Horse, 2007

    Wood

    56 x 60 x 23cm

  • Untitled IV (Horse with Raised Leg)

    William Kentridge

    Untitled IV (Horse with Raised Leg), 2007

    Bronze

    32 x 48 x 20 cm

    Edition of 14

  • Untitled II  (Nose On Fat Horse)

    William Kentridge

    Untitled II (Nose On Fat Horse), 2007

    Sculpture

    38 x 45 x 20 cm

    Edition of 14

  • Untitled Vii (Nose On Stick Horse)

    William Kentridge

    Untitled Vii (Nose On Stick Horse), 2007

    Bronze

    47 x 44 x 22 cm

    Edition of 14

  • Drawing for Il Sole 24 Ore (Newspaper)

    William Kentridge

    Drawing for Il Sole 24 Ore (Newspaper), 2007

    Gouache, charcoal, pastel & coloured pencil on paper

    213.5 x 150cm

  • Drawing for 'Il Sole 24 Ore (newspaper II)'

    William Kentridge

    Drawing for 'Il Sole 24 Ore (newspaper II)', 2007

    Newspaper print

    54 x 39cm

  • Drawing for 'Il Sole 24 Ore (newspaper III)'

    William Kentridge

    Drawing for 'Il Sole 24 Ore (newspaper III)', 2007

    Newspaper print

    54 x 39cm

  • Drawing for 'Il Sole 24 (newspaper IV)'

    William Kentridge

    Drawing for 'Il Sole 24 (newspaper IV)', 2007

    Newspaper Print

    54 x 39cm

  • News From Nowhere

    William Kentridge

    News From Nowhere, 2007

    Hand Lithograph and Collage

    156.5 x 119 cm / 160 x 122 cm

    Edition of 35

  • Traite D'Arithmetique

    William Kentridge

    Traite D'Arithmetique, 2007

    Hand lithograph and collage

    157.6 x 119 cm; 160 x 122 cm

    Edition of 35

  • Drawing For What Will Come (Double Head)

    William Kentridge

    Drawing For What Will Come (Double Head), 2007

    Drawing with steel table and cylindrical mirror

    120cm diameter round paper

  • Drawing for What Will Come (Landscape)

    William Kentridge

    Drawing for What Will Come (Landscape), 2007

    Charcoal on paper

    120cm Diameter

  • Nose III

    William Kentridge

    Nose III, 2007

    Painted bronze

    34 x 26 x 15cm

  • Wittgenstein's Rhinoceros

    William Kentridge

    Wittgenstein's Rhinoceros, 2007

    Hand Lithograph and Collage

    I: 135 x 112.8cm P: 160 x 122cm

    Edition of 35

  • Wooden Horse

    William Kentridge

    Wooden Horse, 2007

    Wood

    77 x 78 x 48cm

  • Nose on a horse

    William Kentridge

    Nose on a horse, 2007

    Watercolour on paper (4 sheets)

    198 x 197cm

  • Untitled VI (Nose on Horse - Napoleon)

    William Kentridge

    Untitled VI (Nose on Horse - Napoleon), 2007

    bronze

    42 x 46 x 19 cm

    Edition of 14

  • Untitled I (Nose On Rearing Horse)

    William Kentridge

    Untitled I (Nose On Rearing Horse), 2007

    Sculpture

    32 x 39 x 22 cm

    Edition of 14

  • Untitled III (Two Part Horse)

    William Kentridge

    Untitled III (Two Part Horse), 2007

    Sculpture

    30 x 36 x 19 cm

    Edition of 14

  • Untitled V (Nose On Ribbed Horse)

    William Kentridge

    Untitled V (Nose On Ribbed Horse), 2007

    Bronze

    38 x 33 x 24cm

    Edition of 14

  • Drawing For 'What Will Come' (Head In Landscape)

    William Kentridge

    Drawing For 'What Will Come' (Head In Landscape), 2007

    Charcoal On Paper

    120 cm diameter

  • Drawing for What Will Come (Bird/Plane)

    William Kentridge

    Drawing for What Will Come (Bird/Plane), 2007

    Charcoal on paper

    120cm Diameter

  • Installation picture [William Kentridge / What Will Come / 2007]
  • Installation picture [William Kentridge / What Will Come / 2007]
  • Installation picture [William Kentridge / What Will Come / 2007]
  • Installation picture [William Kentridge / What Will Come / 2007]
  • Installation picture [William Kentridge / What Will Come / 2007]
  • Installation picture [William Kentridge / What Will Come / 2007]