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Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1955
Parents were prominent lawyers who took on anti-apartheid cases
He is married with 3 children and still lives in Johannesburg, South Africa
1973-76 Attended University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg - Bachelor of Arts in Politics and African Studies
1976-78 Attended Johannesburg Art Foundation - Diploma in Fine Arts
1981-82 Studied mime and theatre at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris
Drawing from Stereoscope
William Kentridge uses film, drawing, sculpture, animation and performance
He had hoped to become an actor, but he reflected later: "I was fortunate to discover at a theatre school that I was so bad an actor [... that] I was reduced to an artist, and I made my peace with it."
Self Portrait (Testing the Library) 1998
Charcoal Erase Animation Exercise
"While mainstream animation glories in the (often stunning) effects made possible by software,
Kentridge shows how much power lies in
that suspension of disbelief,
and in the hand’s mark on the page."
Caitlin Dover http://www.printmag.com/article/review-william-kentridge-retrospective-at-moma/
"I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures and uncertain ending - an art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check, and nihilism at bay."
On living a lifetime in Johannesburg: "I have never been able to escape Johannesburg, and in the end, all my work is rooted in this rather desperate provincial city. I have never tried to make illustrations of apartheid, but the drawings and the films are certainly spawned by, and feed off, the brutalised society left in its wake."
On his drawings: "The drawings don't start with 'a beautiful mark'. It has to be a mark of something out there in the world. It doesn't have to be an accurate drawing, but it has to stand for an observation, not something that is abstract, like an emotion."
Quotations from William Kentridge by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (1998), Societé des Expositions du Palais de Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles.