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

The Head & the Load: Heavy History

Sean O’Toole

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

John Lloyd

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

Ed Krčma

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

Tate Papers

Tate Papers no.14: Autumn 2010

Read about William Blake’s exhibition of 1809, drawing as a modern art practice, and the concept of the sublime. The ...

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