Curator: Mark Rosenthal
Organizers: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Norton Museum of Art, IRIS Foundation, GARAGE Center for Contemporary Culture
Combining the political with the poetic, William Kentridge's work has made an indelible mark on the contemporary art scene. Dealing with subjects as sobering as apartheid and colonialism, Kentridge imbues his art with dreamy, lyrical undertones and elements of comedic self-deprecation. Perhaps best known for his stop-motion films of charcoal drawings, the internationally renowned South African artist also works in etching, collage, sculpture and the performing arts, particularly opera. This exhibition explores five primary themes that have engaged Kentridge over the last three decades, through a comprehensive selection of his work from the 1980s to the present. Concentrating on his most recent production, the exhibition reveals as never before the full arc of his distinguished career.