William Kentridge: Thick Time
Published by Whitechapel Gallery.
Edited with text by Iwona Blazwick. Text by Homi Bhabha, Sabine Breitwieser, Michael Juul Holm, Joseph Koerner, Denise Wendel.
William Kentridge (born 1955) is a beloved figure, heralded for his work in drawing, film animation, sculpture and performance. Published to accompany a major exhibition which tours to four venues in Europe, William Kentridge: Thick Time undertakes an overview of the artist’s recent works, focusing on a sequence of five key pieces dating from 2003 to 2015. These encompass three immersive audiovisual installations, including The Refusal of Time, selected works on paper, and ideas for theatre and opera design.
The fully illustrated monograph includes new critical writings on each of the works presented by venue curators Iwona Blazwick and Sabine Breitwieser; Michael Juul Holm, head of publications at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Harvard art historian Joseph Koerner; Denise Wendel, a writer interested in the relationship between art, theater and music; and influential Harvard postcolonial studies academic Homi Bhabha. The volume also features a selected exhibition history and bibliography.
William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he continues to live and work. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Carnegie, and is represented by the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York. A major retrospective co-organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago recently toured the U.S. and appeared in Capetown, South Africa. In 2005 his production of The Magic Flute opened at La Monnaie opera house in Brussels, Belgium.
Homi Bhabha is a central figure in cultural studies and has been invited to to deliver lectures around the world at important institutions, including The University of London, England, whilst holding a more permanent position at the University of Chicago and Harvard University since 1997.