William Kentridge: New Gravures 2022 – 2024

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 6th from 6-8pm

David Krut Projects, New York is pleased to announce William Kentridge: New Gravures 2022 – 2024, a continuation of exhibitions showing the artist’s editioned works collaboratively created at David Krut Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg. New Gravures will be on view from June 6 – August 3, 2024 at our Project Space in the West Chelsea Building at 526 West 26th Street.

Installation: William Kentridge: New Gravures 2022-2024 at David Krut Projects, June 6th – August 3rd, 2024.

William Kentridge’s gravure collaborations with David Krut Projects date back to 2000, when Krut invited Randy Hemminghaus of Galamander Press to visit South Africa to create the artist’s first gravure plates. The plates were editioned at Galamander Press in New York in the workshop that became the location of David Krut Projects in Chelsea. Twenty years later, Kentridge returned to the gravure process with plates created in South Africa and this time editioned at David Krut Workshop in Johannesburg, which was established in 2002.

Left to Right: Thinking Aloud, Small Thoughts, 2004; Zeno Writing, 2002. A selection of works created in collaboration with Kentridge, Hemminghaus and David Krut Projects, New York.

The reintroduction of the gravure medium to Kentridge’s repertoire proved to be a versatile and effective tool, enriching his image-making process and allowing him to navigate the distance between his team of long-time collaborators, now dispersed internationally. It enabled Kentridge to continue working with Master Printer Jillian Ross, who was his primary printer at DKW for seventeen years before returning home to Canada in 2020.

David Krut Workshop printers have enabled an ongoing collaboration with the artist and Ross, with the new editions in this exhibition reflecting Kentridge’s expanded use of the medium – incorporating multiple plates and collaging to present the concept of a fragmented view of identity. The body of work features Kentridge’s well-recognized visual lexicon of processions, trees, and self-portraits, inviting viewers to contemplate their own journey of self-discovery and the interconnectedness of human experience.

The most recent work and focal point of the show is My Father is a Tree in a Forest of Fathers, born from the initial pre-production set imagery of Kentridge’s forthcoming theatrical performance, The Great Yes, The Great No. Set to premiere in July 2024 in Aix-en Provence, France, this chamber opera delves into themes of power, colonialism, and migration, drawing on diverse influences and once again inviting audiences to contemplate the complexities of human existence.

Image: William Kentridge, My Father is a Tree in a Forest of Fathers, 2024, Photogravure with drypoint, photopolymer, chine-collé and collage on Hahnemühle Natural White 300gsm, Tosa Washi 28gsm, Gampi 20gsm and Kitakata 36gsm, 29.5 x 36.8 in, Edition of 20, Printed and published by David Krut & Jillian Ross Print

For more information, please contact Liz & Masha at [email protected].

David Krut Projects, New York
526 West 26th Street, Suite 816, New York, NY 10001
T. 212-255-3094 | E. [email protected] | Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 11-6pm

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