William Kentridge: Drawn from Africa
Travelling Dates + Venues
- Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo NSW
1 February – 29 March 2015
- QUT Art Museum, Brisbane QLD
3 July – 6 September 2015
- Ballarat Art Gallery Ballarat VIC
24 January – 17 April 2016
- Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston TAS
7 May – 31 July 2016
See venue websites for exhibition entry details.
William Kentridge was born in apartheid South Africa in 1955. During his childhood, Kentridge's mother, Felicia, and father, Sydney, were both actively involved in supporting South Africa's anti-apartheid activists in political trials and in events such as the inquest into the Sharpeville massacre of 1960. His family's involvement in the injustices of apartheid played an important role in his development and informed his work as a gifted figurative artist. Given this background, Kentridge considered abstract art and conceptual art 'an impossible activity'.
Kentridge's art belongs to a tradition of some of the great figurative artists of the past such as William Hogarth, Francisco Goya and Honoré Daumier, as well as the German Expressionists Max Beckmann and George Grosz. These artists created powerful imagery that explored the social conditions of their time.
While Kentridge follows in their footsteps, he also develops imagery of subtlety and imagination in film, drawing, printmaking and tapestry design and explores three dimensions in innovative opera productions and sculptural forms. His art dismantles, transforms and fuses one art category into another.
Senior Curator, International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books