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This large-scale exhibition of the work of the internationally renowned South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955) spans nearly three decades of his remarkably prolific career, with an emphasis on projects completed since 2000.

Many of these have never before been
publicly exhibited in the United States. Combining the political with
the poetic, Kentridge’s work has made an indelible mark on contemporary
art. Dealing with subjects as sobering as apartheid and colonialism,
Kentridge often imbues his art with dreamy, lyrical undertones or
comedic bits of self-deprecation, making his powerful messages both
alluring and ambivalent. Perhaps best known for his stop-motion films
of charcoal drawings, the artist also works in prints, collage,
sculpture, and the performing arts—;opera in particular. This exhibition
explores five primary themes in Kentridge’s art through a comprehensive
selection of his work from the 1980s to the present. Included are works
related to the artist’s staging and design of Dmitri Shostakovich’s The
Nose, which premieres at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in March 2010.

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