Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jill Krementz Photo Journal - Kentridge Redux

William Kentridge Redux
William Kentridge's bronze sculpture of a Nose on view at the Marian Goodman booth at The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory.

Nose I (Bronze nose walking on scissor legs.)
Kentridge Redux

William Kentridge continued to wow New York City.

His recent work was featured by Marian Goodman at The Art Show on Park Avenue. The annual Armory event is America's leading fine art fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

On Friday evening, Mr. Kentridge appeared at The New York Public Library: In Conversation with Paul Holdengräber. The Live from the NYPL event was sold out well in advance. Holdengräber is a well-informed and brilliant interviewer. Kentridge can only be described as a genius.

What a privilege and a pleasure it has been to have William Kentridge in our midst for these past few weeks.

He returned to Johannesburg on Monday ... nose intact.
Marian Goodman booth at The Art Show.
Untitled IV (Horse with Raised Leg)
2007; Edition of 14
On wall: Seven Gentlemen: INSANE.
(If you speak Russian, you will know that the seven letters spell out the word "Insane.")
Unique work, 2009

On table in foreground:
First man: Man with flag
Second: Man with Globe
Third: Megaphone

Edition of 20, 2008
William Kentridge
Almost Himself, 2009
Indian ink on found pages
William Kentridge
Portrait of Mayakovsky, 2009
Ink wash on found pages
Alice Kim, the associate director of Marian Goodman Gallery, in front of:
Shostakovich, 2009
Indian ink on found pages
Detail: Shostakovich, 2009
Indian ink on found pages
Gary Tinterow visited the Goodman booth. Mr. Tinterow is the Engelhard Curator of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a position he has held
since 1983.
Friday evening's event at The New York Public Library.
Prior to the performance and before the doors were opened to the public, there was a sound check. The man kneeling is Dave Ferdinand, president of One Dream Sound. Mr. Ferdinand does the tech, video and audio for all LIVE from the NYPL events.
Caroline Cooper and Hilary Ley, who both work at the Metropolitan Opera. The event at the Library was co-sponsored by the Met. In the front row, David Remnick, Editor of The New Yorker, and Joanna Bober, an editor of In Style. Mr. Remnick's biography of Barack Obama will be published by Knopf on April 6th, 2010. For the launch of the book, Remnick will be interviewed LIVE from the NYPL on April 6, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Marian Goodman, whose Gallery represents Mr. Kentridge.
Writers, Maggie Paley and Jane DeLynn. Barbara Holdengräber, who is a writer and the wife of Paul Holdengräber.
William Kentridge is interviewed by Paul Holdengräber. Holdengräber quoted from Vladimir Nabokov's great short book on Gogol, with the short title, "Nicolai Gogol." Holdengräber continued: "The line I particularly care for is the one which helps him describe Gogol's digressive style, 'if two parallel lines do not meet it is not because meet they cannot but because they have other things to do.'"

Mr. Holdengräber then told Mr. Kentridge: Gogol's nose was in fact in search of you. That nose needed you and you needed the nose.
Kentridge, after acknowledging his 87-year-old father, a lawyer, sitting in the front row, told the audience: "Growing up in a family of lawyers I reasoned that there must be a way of having knowledge in the world that's not subject to cross examination ... which is why I went into the arts."

Kentridge continued: "In 1986 I came to New York with my portfolio, knocking on doors of galleries. I was a white South African, I had no oil paintings, I thought of New York as if it was some medieval manor. I was working as an artist making jewelry. I had a kiln."
William Kentridge demonstrates the art of how he walks when he performs for his video camera.
The evening included many video tapes of the artist including this one titled One Man Band, showing Kentridge performing in what appears to be his kitchen.
Four frames from a Kentridge animation, Taking a Line for a Walk.
Kentridge takes a bow.
Sir Sydney Kentridge applauds his son's performance. Sir Sydney had flown over from South Africa where he continues his work for human rights. William Kentridge with his father. Following his son's performance, Sir Sydney had this to say: "I think William is wrong about one thing. He's not a bad actor but it's just as well he didn't become one."
Meg Stemmler, Assistant to Paul Holdengräber. Virginia Lyon, a Conservator of The New York Public Library.
Paul Holdengräber and Marian Goodman.
Dr. Dieter Schwarz, Marian Goodman, and Paul Holdengräber. Dr. Schwarz is the Director of the Kunstmuseum Winerthur in Switzerland.
Sir Sydney Kentridge and Camille Massey. Ms. Massey is the Vice President of the Council on
Foreign Relations.
This book, William Kentridge: Trace, as well as the MoMA catalogue, was available for purchase following the event.
Flash Rosenberg, Artist-in-Residence for LIVE from the NYPL.

Ms. Rosenberg draws talks between prominent authors and artists live in real-time, during programs, to create 'Conversation Portraits.' These drawings are videotaped then edited to create an animated summary of the discussion.
Work station showing a few panels of the many sketches created by Flash Rosenberg. Her live-drawings were videotaped via a DocCam, and will be edited into an animated 'Conversation Portrait' of the evening. A preview of the drawings on the table is visible on the tiny screen of the video camera monitor (hence the eyeglasses). Rosenberg's hand is also a character in these animations.
Camille Massey. Susannah and Mark Mitton. Mr. Mitton is a highly skilled magician performing what is called "close magic," particularly with cards and jewelry.
Dr. Dieter Schwarz and Marian Goodman. Art Critic and Kentridge devotee, Jason Kaufman. Mr. Kaufman's assessment of the evening: "Tonight Kentridge was fascinating, about his working process, and his film 'sketches' were so entertaining. Apparently the LeCoq school of theatre in Paris was influential."
William Kentridge goes into the night after his last performance in New York City.

What a few weeks it's been. There are several more performances of The Nose at The Metropolitan Opera (March 13th, 18th and 25th). The artist's retrospective, Five Themes, will continue at MoMA until May 17th.
54th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, on south side of street.

I believe that in the indeterminacy of drawing-the contingent way that images arrive in the work-lies some kind of model of how we live our lives. The activity of drawing is a way of trying to understand who we are and how we operate in the world.
—William Kentridge
Click here to view Jill Krementz's previous photojournals of William Kentridge:
Five Themes at The Museum of Modern Art

The Nose at The Metropolitan Opera

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