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William Kentridge: Universal Archive

Through Sunday, November 11

Art University City & West Philly

William Kentridge: Universal Archive presents a series of 79 linocut images printed onto pages from dictionaries and encyclopedias.  The images (trees, coffee pots, cats, typewriters, birds, horses, nudes, self-portraits) are frequent characters in the artist’s visual lexicon, and range from highly descriptive to gestural abstractions. The images are printed over columns of text that become part of the visual dialogue. This interplay of text and images serves as a metaphor for the interaction between rational and creative processes.  The traveling exhibition is organized by the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, and is curated at the Arthur Ross Gallery by Lynn Marsden-Atlass. Related programs will include screenings of videos and short films by the artist.

Internationally acclaimed, South African artist William Kentridge has a vast body of interrelated work in drawing, printmaking, sculpture, film, theatre, opera, and puppetry. His interdisciplinary approach to art is most often political.  Born and raised in Johannesburg, Kentridge witnessed the conditions of pre-and post-apartheid life. The artist notes: “I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncomplicated gestures, and uncertain endings”.


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Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania
220 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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