William Kentridge

born 1955

William Kentridge, ‘Felix in Exile’ 1994
Felix in Exile 1994
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William Kentridge (born 28 April 1955) is a South African artist best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films. These are constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it again. He continues this process meticulously, giving each change to the drawing a quarter of a second to two seconds' screen time. A single drawing will be altered and filmed this way until the end of a scene. These palimpsest-like drawings are later displayed along with the films as finished pieces of art.

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Film and audio


William Kentridge: The Head & the Load

The artist talks about the performance piece to commemorate the First World.


William Kentridge: ‘Art must defend the uncertain’

His studio in Johannesburg is a ‘vital physical and psychic space’ where he conceives and develops his ambitious projects


Artist's talk: William Kentridge

Internationally renowned South African artist William Kentridge talks about his practice, which encompasses complex animated films based on charcoal drawings ...


Tate Etc

Heavy History

The world premiere of The Head and the Load, created by William Kentridge along with composer Philip Miller, musical director ...

Tate Etc

Interview: William Kentridge at Teatro La Fenice

William Kentridge was invited to make a projection on the fire screen of the Fenice opera theatre, which was primarily ...

Tate Papers

Cinematic Drawing in a Digital Age

Developed in relation to works by Tacita Dean and William Kentridge, this article explores the way in which the arrival ...


Tate Papers no.14: Autumn 2010

Tate Papers no.14, Autumn 2010 edition, featuring papers on William Blake, Drawing and The Sublime Object

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