Monday, May 3, 2010

William Kentridge

Drawing for the film sobriety, obesity & growing old 1991

"The activity of drawing is a way of trying to understand who we are and how we operate in the world" (Kentridge)

Going to the MoMA a couple of weeks ago, I did not intend to spare that much time with the Johannesburg born artist William Kentridge. I was thinking it was just going to be a show of drawings. How unfair and prejudiced I am at times. The "Five Themes" exhibit at the MoMA makes you rethink your feelings for drawings as these continue to pull you in to a different and exciting sphere during the course of the show. 
As with Paintings... the world of drawings are still vibrantly alive:)
Kentridge who is most known for his animated films brings himself into them as a sort of stage manager... the films are poetic, political and has a dash of humor. 
Actually, I think I will have to go back and view the show again. This time I would stay awhile.
Ubu drawing (listening man) 1998

A cut from one of his films:


  1. I saw this show last month and it moved me deeply. He's pretty incredible!

  2. The Best Ive seen "live" of art this year!But its still two months left iog the year, and Im in Paris...