06 Nov 21 ICONS: William Kentridge
Regarded as one of the most dynamic and exciting contemporary fine artists not only at home in South Africa, but also in the rest of the world, William Kentridge is the latest to be featured in the 21 ICONS South Africa project. Kentridge was shot at his studio in Johannesburg by the photographer/filmmaker behind 21 ICONS, Adrian Steirn, who used a single 10-second exposure to capture the artist at work in three places — paying tribute to the multimedia nature of his art.
Kentridge’s prints and drawings command prices in the hundreds of thousands of rands and he has exhibited in many of the top galleries and museums in the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Jeu de Paume and the Louvre, Paris; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. His opera and theatre works, as well as his animated films, have appeared at arts festivals and other showings in South Africa, the US and many countries in Europe, among others.
In 2007, Kentridge received the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver for his excellent contribution in the field of the arts and non-racial theatre in South Africa. In 2009, Time magazine included Kentridge on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2010, he was selected as the winner of the Kyoto Prize, a prestigious Japanese award that recognises visionaries in the arts and sciences; he became the first African to receive it.
His 21 ICONS portrait, like the others in the series, will be auctioned at the end of the project and the proceeds donated to his charity of choice.
Over 21 weeks black and white portraits of 21 South African heroes will be shared as collectable posters in the Sunday Times newspaper, and the accompanying short films will air on SABC3 at 6.57pm, just before the 7pm news. Fans can follow the series online through the digital campaign launched by Quirk Joburg on Facebook, on Twitter or at www.21icons.com, where you can find icon profiles and behind the scenes images uploaded weekly. Or you can catch up here.
21 ICONS South Africa is proudly sponsored by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Nikon, Deloitte, The Sunday Times, SABC3 and the Department of Arts and Culture. Additional credits go to content-creation company Ginkgo Agency.