Liverpool hosts William Kentridge’s print making exhibition

Southbank Centre’s Hayward Touring has organised a major exhibition on the South African artist William Kentridge’s print making.

Kentridge, who is an internationally renowned artist, is best known for his prints, drawings and animated films. His installation at Tate Tanks opened a few weeks ago.

Telephone Lady (2000) Image Courtesy David Krut Fine Art, New York and London. ©William Kentridge and David Krut Fine Art, New York and Johannesburg.

“A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker”, a Hayward Touring exhibition is Kentridge’s first UK exhibition.

Opening on 7th December 2012, in Liverpool, the exhibition focuses solely on his work in all print media, which is central to his practice.

With a stress on experimental and serial works, this exhibition will highlight Kentridge’s distinctive use of light and shadow and silhouettes, his concern with memory and perspective, and his absorption in literary texts.

This exhibition coincides with an exceptionally productive period in Kentridge’s career, as over the last few years exhibitions of his work have opened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in Paris, Vienna, Jerusalem, Moscow and Melbourne.

His presentation of Shostakovich’s “The Nose” at New York’s Metropolitan Opera opened to wide acclaim in 2010.
In 2012 Kentridge gave the Norton Lectures at Harvard. His Hayward Touring exhibition at the Bluecoat will show 100 pieces, including new work shown in Britain for the first time.

Acclaimed for his animated films, drawings, theatre and opera productions, Kentridge started his career studying etching at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. Printmaking has remained central to his practice ever since.

In the past two and a half decades he has produced more than 400 prints, including etchings, engravings, aquatints, silkscreens, linocuts and lithographs; often experimenting with challenging formats and a combination of techniques.

The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX
7th December 2012 to 3rd February 2013
Open daily, free.