Ending 1st Mar, 2023 18:07


  Lot 16
Lot 16 - William Kentridge (South Africa 1955-)


William Kentridge (South Africa 1955-)
9 Films

digital print

Artwork date: 2004
Signature details: signed and numbered 7/10 in red conté top left
Location: Johannesburg

Sold for R199,325
Estimated at R250,000 - R400,000


digital print

Artwork date: 2004
Signature details: signed and numbered 7/10 in red conté top left
Location: Johannesburg


image size: 214 x 150 cm; framed size: 240 x 170 x 6.5 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.


The iconic 9 Films was created for the landmark first South African showing of all of Kentridge's animated films, 9 Drawings for Projection. A monumental example of the image, this particular reproduction measures an astounding 2.14 x 1.5 meters, over two separate sheets.

Set in Johannesburg and created over a period of 14 years the films show the changing socio-political landscape of the city, from Johannesburg: Second Greatest City after Paris (1989) to Tide Table (2003). Kentridge chronicles the rise and fall of his fictional antihero, Soho Ecksteen – a character represents wealthy landowners of Johannesburg empires. The artist uses imagery of Ecksteen’s wife’s passionate affair with his nemesis and alter ego Felix Teitlebaum, against the backdrop of the changing political circumstances – showing the upheaval of a South African uprising against the apartheid regime from which Soho benefits.

The original screening of 9 Films for Projection took place in the poignant setting of The Old Fold, Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. Once the site of a prison which held political prisoners including Nelson Mandela, it is today the home of the Constitutional Court. The screening took place over three sittings and featured music by the artist's long-term collaborator, composer Philip Miller, performed by the Sontonga Quartet and pianist Jill Richards.

The original drawing from which the lithograph was created is included on Kentridge’s prolific retrospective at Zeitz MOCAA, Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work, (August 2019 to July 2020) and illustrated in colour in the exhibition catalogue.[1]

[1] See, Christian, S. & McIlleron, A. (2019). William Kentridge: Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work, London: Koenig Books, p. 271.


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Auction: EDITIONS, ending 1st Mar, 2023


Aspire Art presents a specially themed Timed-Online auction, EDITIONS. A fresh range of modern and contemporary art highlighting editioned works, the sale showcases well-loved South African artists including Penny Siopis, Diane Victor, Peter Clarke, Sam Nhlengethwa, Robert Hodgins, Walter Battiss and William Kentridge. Also included are special William Kentridge publications and a delightful collection of plush toys by Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.




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