Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear from one of the world's most versatile artists and South African native, William Kentridge as he talks with art expert and distinguished curator Norman Rosenthal about his art and career.
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Norman Rosenthal was Exhibitions Secretary at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 1977 to 2007. He was instrumental in curating several groundbreaking exhibitions including A New Spirit of Painting, 1981, (co-curated with Nicholas Serota and Christos M. Joachimides,) that attempted to sum up the current state of painting at the time; and which amongst others, brought the work of Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz to the forefront. Rosenthal also curated the highly controversial exhibition, Sensation in 1997, that introduced the “Young British Artists” Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin, Sarah Lucas, Rachel Whiteread, and Dinos and Jake Chapman, among others, to an international audience.
William Kentridge studied at the Johannesburg Art Foundation and the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He was a founding member of the Free Filmmakers Co-operative in 1988. Kentridge has participated in a number of international biennales and in Documenta X (1997) XI (2002) and XIII (2012) as well as the Venice Biennale (2005, 1999 and 1993). He has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Kyoto Prize (2010), the Oskar Kokoschka Award, Vienna (2008), the Kaiserring Prize (2003), the Carnegie Prize, the Carnegie International (2000), Standard Bank Young Artist Award (1987), and the Red Ribbon Award for Short Fiction (1982). He has received honorary doctorates from institutions including the Royal College of Art, London (2010), Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa (2008), and the University of the Witwatersrand (2004). A retrospective of his work recently ended in 2012 after a three year international tour that began at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California (2009). William Kentridge's work has been exhibited widely throughout the world including at the Tate Modern, London (2012), the Louvre, Paris (2010), the Centres Pompidou, Paris (2002), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2002), and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1998).