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ANA Spotlight: William Kentridge 35 Years Of Artistry

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The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston is proud to present the acclaimed exhibition William Kentridge: ‘In Praise of Shadows’ from June 25–September 10, 2023. The exhibition surveys 35 years in the career of the celebrated South African artist. With more than 80 works, spanning various mediums, Kentridge’s exploration of the visual arts, sculpture, film, and theater is not one to miss. You view the exhibition at the Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston.

Born in Johannesburg in 1955, Kentridge dedicated his career to examining the social and political conditions of his homeland. From the Apartheid era (1948-1991) to South Africa’s transition to desegregation and democratic elections (1991-1994) , his art reflects the multifaceted journey of the nation.

The exhibition showcases his renowned charcoal drawings and animated films, alongside prints, bronzes, tapestries, and theater models. Through the use of light and shadow, Kentridge directly confronts the aftermath of colonialism.

William Kentridge, Drawing for “Il Sole 24 Ore (World Walking),” 2007. Charcoal, colored pencil, gouache, and pastel on paper. Image courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

His art serves as a conduit for addressing the struggles faced by the nation while resonating with audiences worldwide. Each work in the exhibition offers a glimpse into Kentridge’s captivating artistic evolution. His charcoal drawings reveal intricate details and raw emotion, while his animated films bring narratives to life. The use of prints, bronzes, tapestries, and theater models further showcases the breadth and depth of his creative exploration.

Promised Land, 2008. hand-woven mohair tapestry. Image courtesy of the Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston.

William Kentridge: ‘In Praise of Shadows’ invites viewers to immerse themselves in a thought-provoking journey. It is an opportunity to witness the artist’s masterful examination of South Africa’s history and its contemporary complexities. Through his art, the exhibition encourages dialogue and reflection on the broader issues that affect us all.

Don’t miss the chance to experience William Kentridge’s extraordinary artistic legacy. Visit the exhibition and be captivated by his timeless works that transcend boundaries and challenge conventional perspectives. Immerse yourself in the shadows, where the artist’s profound exploration awaits.


Rose Mwikali Musyoki is a creative writer from Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Finance from the University of Embu, Kenya, and is the founder of Bloom Inc, an art startup in Kenya. Currently, she works as a writer for Art News Africa.

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