Sunday, March 22, 2009

William Kentridge videos

In a comment to my post on this exhibit at Chez Namastenancy, Sheree of the Art and Life blog pointed out that there are a lot of William Kentridge videos up at uTube. When I went looking, I found more than “a lot,” I found a whole treasure trove. One of the things that I found difficult about the show was trying to watch his videos within a noisy, jostling crowd and in an environment where I felt rushed and pushed by the multitude of things to see. Watching them at home has allowed me to watch them in sequence and to understand them a lot better. Here are a few of his pieces but don’t just limit yourself to these; go and look at the whole body of work. The man (?) who posted them also has put up very astute commentary, which also deserves to be read. I sometimes feel that SF MOMA’s shows are all contemporary flash and no content but that’s certainly not the case with this one.

Johannesburg the Second Greatest City after Paris is the first in this series, and was made from twenty-five drawings

Felix in exile

History of the main complaint

Sobriety, Obesity and Growing Old

Weighing…and wanting


Sheree Rensell:

1 comment:

David said...

William Kentridge is South Africa's most renowned living artist, famous for his charcoal drawings and animated films that address the social and political realities of South Africa, both during and after apartheid. I have seen before this video on Youtube twice. Its really nice.