Print of the month | February 2020 | William Kentridge | Pioneer Corps

William Kentridge, Pioneer Corps, Imp. 2019, linocut on Thai Mulberry, Edition of 10, paper size 32 x 38cm

William Kentridge | Linocuts 2019

Pioneer Corps and Muizenberg 1933 are two linocut plates created by William Kentridge which have been in storage at the David Krut Workshop workshop for some years. They were created by Kentridge while he was a student at WITS University in 1975. After the printing of small trial editions, Kentridge put the plates into his art drawers to be considered at a later time. Fortunately linoleum sheets do not degenerate with time as in the case of the copper plates. Perhaps as a tribute to the longevity of lino plates, and very much as an appreciation of long term collaborations, Kentridge approved the editioning of the linos. 

Pioneer Corps, 1975.  2019 Impression – edition of 10, was created by Kentridge as the front page of an essay he was required to write on African History on The British South Africa Company Expedition to Matabeleland. Cecil John Rhodes is seated with his associates prior to a crossing from the Transvaal Republic to Matabeleland in the southern region of the present-day Zimbabwe, to exercise the mining rights they had obtained from the Ndebele King Lobengula some years earlier.

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