The Nose

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE (lives and works in Johannesburg), by any measure is one of the foremost artists working in the world today. Since his first exhibition at Annandale Galleries in 1995 to say he has gone from strength to strength is an understatement. Bibliography on the artist now runs to over 40 pages of fine print, his latest survey show Five Themes following a critical and public success at MOMA New York will open soon at the Jeu de Paume in Paris as well as another major exhibition in the Egyptian rooms of the Louvre. It has also just been announced that Kentridge is the recipient of the Kyoto prize ($550,000) for lifetime achievement in the arts.

The Annandale exhibition is follow-on from the sell out show of 2008 entitled Telegrams From The Nose. ?The Nose? is a short story by Gogol made into an opera by Shostakovitch. William Kentridge was commissioned by the Metropolitan opera in New York to direct the opera that premiered on March 5 2010. The production met with rapturous reviews and as a result will be staged again in New York in 2013. The work in 2008 was anticipating the opera and it may be said that much of the work in the current exhibition represents the next step in terms of dealing with the ideas and themes in ?The Nose?.

The exhibition is built around a suite of 30 etchings entitled ?The Nose?. Other themes explored in the opera such as a small procession of bronze sculptures which relate to the creative period in Russia between 1917 ? 1928, as well as etchings and photogravures that come out of his highly acclaimed performance I Am Not Me, The Horse Is Not Mine at the Sydney Biennale in 2008, some linocuts and a series entitled West Coast etchings as well as the dynamic poster Kentridge has done for the world cup in South Africa. A short film entitled Breathe accompanied by a limited edition book will be screened downstairs.

Do not miss this opportunity to stay in touch with the latest work available by this extraordinary artist.

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The Nose
tapestries, films, sculptures & works on paper
new prints & sculpture from The Nose
7 July - 14 Aug 2010

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