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William Kentridge: The World is Process

July 24, 2010 - October 24, 2010

William Kentridge’s art has been among the most internationally recognized of the past three decades and has been a transformative aspect of recent video and multicultural art. This original exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center will be the first in Colorado devoted to this internationally important artist’s work.

South African artist William Kentridge (born 1955) creates works that exist somewhere between film, drawing, and theater – sometimes as a combination of all three. Kentridge’s drawings and stop-motion animated videos have a subtly reflective political undertone, often investigating the cultural dualities of South Africa and the artist’s birth city of Johannesburg. This exhibition focuses on Kentridge’s drawings, but also includes a selection of sculpture and video art.

Kentridge’s films begin with a charcoal drawing that he animates by erasing and mutating the image, capturing each stage on film to create an evolving narrative. The focus of this exhibition is a selection of charcoal drawings from the collection of Brenda Potter. The drawings are related to Kentridge’s films in that they are literally the very last frames of the films, yet they also stand alone as beautifully crafted and powerfully evocative representations of the artist’s personal and cultural experience.

Ranks among the most important contemporary art events of the year in Colorado— Denver Post

It’s a fascinating spectacle of straight-on beauty, engineering and skill— The Gazette

The World Is Process ensures that Colorado’s first Kentridge show is one to remember” — The Independent

Image: William Kentridge, Drawing from Faustus in Africa (detail), 1995