UPCOMING EXHIBITION

TORONTO


WILLIAM KENTRIDGE

UNIVERSAL ARCHIVE


25 SEPTEMBER to 14 NOVEMBER


OPENING RECEPTION 25 SEPTEMBER, 6pm to 9pm
REMARKS @7pm
RSVP by 24 SEPTEMBER to barbara@becontemporary.com

Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by renowned South African artist, William Kentridge. The exhibition features Kentridge’s Universal Archive series. The work began as a series of small ink drawings on pages of dictionaries from the mid 1950s. The images are recurring themes in Kentridge’s art and stage productions: cats, trees, coffee pots, nude figures and typewriters. The parallel and displaced relationships that emerge between the image and the text on the pages relate to Kentridge’s inherent mistrust of certainty in the creative process and the construction of meaning.

This movement from figuration to abstraction and back, along with the works’ close relationship to Kentridge’s stage productions, suggests that this body of work holds an intriguing place in Kentridge’s oeuvre on the edge of animation and printmaking. Kentridge has, to date, created almost 50 individual images and continues to expand the project.

Born in 1955 in Johannesburg, William Kentridge witnessed one of the twentieth century's most contentious struggles, the dissolution of Apartheid. Known for his prints, drawings and animated films, Kentridge contrast old ideals with new desires in post-Aparthied South Africa.

His work has been exhibited widely including the Tate Modern, the Louvre, the Centres Pompidou, the Hirshhorn Museum, Sculpture Garden, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He has participated at the Venice Biennale and has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Kyoto Prize and the Carnegie Prize. His recent production of Alban Berg's Lulu will premier at the Metropolitan Opera in New York this November.

Kentridge Coffee Pots
William Kentridge, Universal Archive (Twelve Coffee pots), 2012
linocut on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, each page mounted on arches velin, edition of 30
43.5" x 43"

Kentridge Nine Typewriters
William Kentridge, Universal Archive (Nine Typewriters), 2012
linocut on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, edition of 20
43" x 57.6"

Kentridge Lekkerbreek
William Kentridge, Lekkerbreek, 2013
linocut printed on non-archival pages from Britannica World Language Dictionary, mounted to Arches, edition of 24, 67" x 42.5"

Kentridge Universal Archive
William Kentridge, Universal Archive (19), 2012
linocut printed on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford Dictionary, mounted on Velin Arches, edition of 20
10.6" x 13.7"

Kentridge Universal Archive
William Kentridge, Universal Archive (13), 2012
linocut printed on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford Dictionary, mounted on Velin Arches, edition of 20, 13.7" x 10.6"

Kentridge Universal Archive (34)
William Kentridge, Universal Archive (34), 2012
linocut printed on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford English Dictionary paper torn and fragments mounted on Velin Arches, edition of 20, 13.7" x 10.6"

Kentridge Universal Archive
William Kentridge, Universal Archive (52), 2012
linocut printed on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford Dictionary, mounted on Velin Arches, edition of 20, 13.7" x 10.6"