For the first time in its thirteen years as an organization, ART21 recently premiered a film based on a single artist: William Kentridge. If you watch PBS, perhaps you’ve caught their excellent documentaries on contemporary art and artists, if you haven’t seen any episodes, head over to pbs.org and watch them (the series is now in its fifth season).
The new film Anything is Possible: William Kentridge,
gives viewers an intimate look into the mind and creative process of William Kentridge, the South African artist whose acclaimed charcoal drawings, animations, video installations, shadow plays, mechanical puppets, tapestries, sculptures, live performance pieces, and operas have made him one of the most dynamic and exciting contemporary artists working today.
For more information on this wonderful film click here:
If you would like to see some works by William Kentridge in person, head over to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design‘s Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery which is currently hosting William Kentridge: Projects until December 11, 2010. The exhibition is gorgeous and introduced me to an artists who is well known to many, but unknown to me until I watched the ART21 film.
My best attempt at imitating William Kentridge. If you see the exhibit (which you should), you’ll know what this all about:
First Image: William Kentridge, Felix in Exile, 1993, still from animated film short, 8 minutes 43 seconds. National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution; Museum purchase 96-34-5. Copyright: William Kentridge.