(South Africa, 1955–)
tapestry: hand-woven mohair tapestry; drawing: ink on found paper
tapestry: signed, dated, numbered 1/6 and inscribed with the weavers' names and studio details on a fabric label on the reverse; drawing: signed bottom right
tapestry: 227.5 x 199 x 1 cm; drawing sheet size: 53.5 x 37 cm; framed size: 67.5 x 50.5 x 6.5 cm
Private collection, Johannesburg.
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
Stephens Tapestry Studio, Johannesburg.
Since 2001, William Kentridge has created large-scale tapestries, bringing to this centuries-old medium well-known in Europe, his unique vision and sensibility forged through his experience as both an African and a global citizen. The expressive power of his mixed media collages and drawings is ably captured by the weavers who transform his multi-layered paper works through elaborate processes to capture the special qualities of Kentridge’s gestural strokes and torn and found paper.
In this offering of the tapestry in conjunction with its inspirational mixed-media work, this synergy between the media can be closely observed.
The artist is represented in numerous local and international collections, notably, the Museum of Modern Art, New York.; Tate Modern, London.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California and The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago.