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Contemporary African Artists You Should Know | WideWalls
"Tracey Rose - The Self-Portraitist
El Anatsui - The Sewing Installation Master
Sokari Douglas Camp - The Art of the Ritual
Abdoulaye Konate - The Tapestry Artist
William Kentridge - A Rebel of Expressionism
Ibrahim el-Salahi - The Legend of African Modernism
Julie Mehretu - Creating Abstract Realities
Marlene Dumas - The Portraitist
Kudzanai Chiurai - The Zimbabwe Wonder
Faith47 - A South African Street Wonderer
Meschac Gaba - The Creator of the Museum of Contemporary African Art
Wangechi Mutu - Depicting Colonization and Gender Issues
Zanele Muholi - Supporting the African Queer Community
Ghada Amer - Questioning Femininity Stereotypes
Ato Malinda - The Prominent Performer"
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july 2017 by robertogreco
The creative process of a master artist | William Kentridge | TEDxJohannesburgSalon - YouTube
"Virtuoso artist William Kentridge treats the TEDxJohannesburg audience to a masterclass on his creative process.

William’s practice is born out of a cross-fertilisation between mediums and genres. His work responds to the legacies of colonialism and apartheid, within the context of South Africa's socio-political landscape. His aesthetics are drawn from film’s own history, from stop-motion animation to early special effects. The dynamism of an erased and redrawn mark in his drawing is an integral part of his expanded practice. In autumn 2016, William presents recent work at Whitechapel Gallery, London."
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december 2016 by robertogreco
William Kentridge on 'Brilliant Ideas' - YouTube
"Nov.28 -- South African artist William Kentridge is best known for his animated charcoal drawings but he also works in sculpture, print making, tapestry and stage design. He directs operas and creates multi-screen video installations that tour the globe. Recently, he's combined his love of figurative art with dance, music and mime and he's created an extraordinary 500-meter freeze set within the heart of the ancient city of Rome. William Kentridge is frequently in the top rankings for international artists but, despite his global reputation, he's always remained anchored to his roots."
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december 2016 by robertogreco
Kentridge William, A documentary - YouTube
"Certain doubts of William Kentridge (2000)

Duration: 52 minutes

Directed by Alex Gabassi
Created and produced by Associação Cultural Videobrasil.
Publisher:[Brazil] : Associação Cultural Videobrasil, 2000.

Films, drawings, installations, theatre, opera: William Kentridge, one of the most important names in South African contemporary art, easily glides between media, in a combination of references and techniques that render his work unique. In this documentary, which follows him through Johannesburg and Brazil, he speaks of the impact of the landscape and social contradictions on his work, and comments on the life of characters like Felix Teitlebaum, his alter ego."
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december 2016 by robertogreco
William Kentridge: Peripheral Thinking - YouTube
"In this lecture, renowned South African artist William Kentridge, hon. 2013, examines possibilities for learning from the edges. He discusses the porousness of focus and describes the ways in which studio processes can be instructive for looking at universal questions. Kentridge talks specifically about his current project, Notes Towards a Model Opera, which looks at the Cultural Revolution in China and other utopian projects. Followed by a reception. Generously funded by the Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Fund."
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december 2016 by robertogreco
William Kentridge Interview: Reduced to Being an Artist - YouTube
"”One can always write ones biography in the terms of the failures which have saved you.” Meet South African artist William Kentridge in this extensive and humorous reflection upon life and his relationship with art.

William Kentridge (b. 1955) is South Africa's most important contemporary artist, best known for his prints, drawings and animated films. He has been compared to Buster Keaton and Gerorge Méliès and mentions Hogarth, Francis Bacon, Manet, Philip Guston, Picasso, the Dadaists, Samuel Beckett and Mayakovski as his inspirations.

“It is about tracking down the multiple cells that we all have. And it is also understanding the sometimes antagonistic relationship to ourselves.” Kentridge continues: “One has to understand that you do not spent being an artist for 40 years without there being some physic insufficiency. Artists are always incomplete. If you are a complete person, there is no need to spend your life making objects for other people to look at. There is an uncertainty of existence, I am sure.”

Kentridge was born in Johannesburg to Sydney Kentridge and Felicia Geffen. Both were attorneys who represented people marginalized by the apartheid system. He was educated at King Edward VII School in Houghton, Johannesburg. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and African Studies at the Unversity of the Witwatersrand and then a diploma in FINE Arts from the Johannesburg Art Foundation. He originally hoped to become an actor, but reflects today: "I was fortunate to discover at a theatre school that I was so bad an actor that I was reduced to being an artist, and I made my peace with it.”

For his art work in such different fields as drawing, animated films, opera and sculpture, Kentridge has received numerous prestigious awards such as the the Carnegie Medal (1999), the Kyoto Prize (2010), the Dan David Prize (2012) and the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres (2013).

The video also shows excerpts from the works: 'Memo' (1994) and 'Duck Soup' (2007).

William Kentridge was interviewed by Synne Rifbjerg on the occasion of the Art Alive Festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in May 2016.

Camera: Klaus Elmer and Mathias Nyholm
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016"
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december 2016 by robertogreco
William Kentridge Interview: How We Make Sense of the World - YouTube
""There is a desperation in al certainty. The category of political uncertainty, philosophical uncertainty, uncertainty of images is much closer to how the world is", says South African artist William Kentridge in this video presenting his work.

"The films come out of a need to make an image, an impulse to make a film, and the meaning emerges over the months of the making of the film. The only meaning they have in advance is the need for the film to exist".

William Kentridge (b. 1955) is South Africa's most important contemporary artist, best known for his prints, drawings and animated films. In this video he presents his work, his way of working and his philosophy.

He tells the story of how he failed to be an artist:

"I failed at painting, I failed at acting, I failed at film making, so I discovered at the age of 30 I was back making drawings". It was not until he told himself he was an artist with all he wanted to included in the term - that he felt he was on the right track. "It took me a long time to unlearn the advice I had been giving. For for me the only hope was the cross fertilization between the different medias and genres."

William Kentridge talks about the origin of his animated films with drawing in front of the camera. "I was interested in seeing how a drawing would come into being". "It was from the charcoal drawing that the process of animation expanded". With charcoal "you can change a drawing as quickly as you can think".

"I am interested in showing the process of thinking. The way that one constructs a film out of these fragments that one reinterprets retrospectively - and changes the time of - is my sense of how we make sense of the world. And so the animated films can be a demonstration of how we make sense of the world rather than an instruction about what the world means."

"Uncertainty is an essential category. As soon as one gets certain their voice gets louder, more authoritarian and authoritative and to defend themselves they will bring an army and guns to stand next to them to hold. There is a desperation in al certainty. The category of political uncertainty, philosophical uncertainty, uncertainty of images is much closer to how the world is. That is also related to provisionality, to the fact that you can see the world as a series of facts or photographs or you can see it as a process of unfolding. Where the same thing in a different context has a very different meaning or very different form."

"I learned much more from the theatre school in Paris, Jacques Lecoq, a school of movement and mime, than I ever did from the art lessons. It is about understanding the way of thinking through the body. Making art is a practical activity. It is not sitting at a computer. It is embodying an idea in a physical material, paper, charcoal, steal, wood."

William Kentridge will work on a piece not knowing if it will come out as a dead end or a piece of art, giving it the benefit of the doubt, not judging it in advance, he says.

The artist has been compared to Buster Keaton and Gerorge Méliès. He mentions Hogarth, Francis Bacon, Manet, Philip Guston, Picasso, the Dadaists, Samuel Beckett and Mayakovski as inspirations.

"I am considered a political artist by some people and as a non-political artist by other political artists. I am interested in the politics of certainty and the demagoguery of certainty and the fragility of making sense of the world", William Kentridge states.

This video shows different excerpts from the work: 'The Journey to the Moon' (2003), 'The Refusal of Time' (2012) 'What Will Come (has already come)' (2007).

William Kentridge was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Deutsche Staatstheater in Hamburg in January 2014 in connection with the performance of the stage version of 'The Refusal of Time', called 'Refuse The Hour'."
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december 2016 by robertogreco
William Kentridge: "The Magic Flute" | ART21 "Exclusive" - YouTube
"Episode #134: In his 2005 production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" (1791), artist William Kentridge reframes the opera's original themes of Enlightenment philosophy through the bitter legacy of colonialism. "The most toxic combination in the world is...the certainty of being right and a monopoly of power," says the artist, who casts the character of Sarastro in the role of a colonial overlord, "a benevolent figure that hides a monster."

Having witnessed first-hand one of the twentieth century's most contentious struggles—the dissolution of apartheid—William Kentridge brings the ambiguity and subtlety of personal experience to public subjects most often framed in narrowly defined terms. Using film, drawing, sculpture, animation, and performance, he transmutes sobering political events into powerful poetic allegories. Aware of myriad ways in which we construct the world by looking, Kentridge often uses optical illusions to extend his drawings-in-time into three dimensions.

Learn more about William Kentridge at: http://www.art21.org/artists/william-kentridge "
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december 2016 by robertogreco

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