Friday, May 13, 2011

Jill Krementz covers William Kentridge: Other Faces

On the entrance wall to the Marian Goodman Gallery.
William Kentridge: Other Faces
May 6th-June 18th, 2011
Marian Goodman Gallery

Fans of William Kentridge will want to see the first public installation of his film, Other Faces, which is currently on view at The Marian Goodman Gallery. The film is accompanied by an exhibition of working drawings and prints.

Other Faces, like all the other films in the series, returns to the figure of Soho Eckstein, the industrialist and protagonist of the Drawings for Projections series. As always, the city of Johannesburg looms large.

There are references to the street corner civil wars of daily life and the violence of the last few years.

The film runs 9 minutes, 36 seconds and is looped with sound.

The artist and his wife, Anne Kentridge, were at the opening reception of the gallery on May 6th. Later that evening, Ms. Goodman hosted a private seated dinner for the Kentridges at The Leopard at des Artistes.
Soho Eckstein, who appears in many of William Kentridge's drawings and films. The film runs 9 minutes, 36 seconds, and is looped with sound.
Above: The room where the film was projected was the perfect venue for two very young gallery crawlers.

Right: William Kentridge surveying the opening night crowd.
The city of Johannesburg — inconstant, desperate, desiring, impenetrable — appears not so much as context as it does subject, in images of streets, facades, landscapes and people. The pin-striped Soho Eckstein. The drawings are from the film, Other Faces.
Gallery owner Marian Goodman with collector Ed Cohen.
William Kentridge stands at the gallery opening talking with Okwui Enwezor.

Mr. Enwezor, who is a really powerful person in the art world, has created, and curated, shows all over the world. "I'm from Brooklyn, via Nigeria," he
tells people.
Anne Kentridge, the artist's wife, with her cousin Idith Meshulam. Mrs. Kentridge is a practicing Rheumatologist in Johannesburg.
Camille Massey and William Kentridge. Ms. Massey is the Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations. It is dark because they are standing in the room where the film is being projected. In the foreground, Rosalind Krauss, art historian, and editor of October, with William Kentridge. Behind them: Keith Sachs, collector, and Michelle Kuo, Editor, Artforum.
William Kentridge and Greta Goiris
Wood, cotton paper, steel, wood stain and crayon

Kentridge installation which I first saw last year when it was on view at Gallery Met. That was when Kentridge's opera, The Nose, was being performed at The Metropolitan Opera.
Place cards for the seated dinner at The Leopard at des Artistes, which used to be Café des Artistes.
William with Bree Jeppson and Judy Hecker. Ms. Jeppson runs The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Ms. Hecker is the assistant curator in MoMA's Department of Prints. She helped organize Kentridge's retrospective last year at the museum.
William Kentridge, Wendy Lesser, and Paul Holdengräber.

Ms. Lesser is the founding editor of The Threepenny Review and the author of six books. Her reviews and essays appear in major newspapers and magazines across the country.

Mr. Holdengräber runs Live at Five at The New York Public Library. Last year he did an evening with Mr. Kentridge.
Mark Rosenthal and Lissa McClure. Mr. Rosenthal is the curator of the current traveling William Kentridge retrospective. Ms. McClure is a director of Marian Goodman Gallery.
Artist Gabriel Orozco and Michelle Kuo. Mr. Orozco had a retrospective of his work last year at MoMA and is represented by Marian Goodman. Okwui Enwezor.
Lissa McClure, Jaime Frankfurt, an art advisor, and Cecily Bradshaw, collector.
New Yorker writer Calvin Tomkins and
Camille Massey.
Artist Gillie Holme. Ms. Massey and Ms. Holme are partners.
Orozco greets Vogue writer, Dodie Kazanjian. Ms. Kazanjian curated William's show at Gallery Met. Seated are Okwui Enwezor and Michelle Kuo.
Okwui Enwezor, Gabriel Orozco, and Michelle Kuo.
Calvin Tomkins saying hello to Geoffrey O’Brien. Mr. O’Brien reviewed Kentridge's The Nose for The New York Review of Books.
Carlos Basualdo, Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art, with Yvette Christiansë. Ms. Christiansë, a poet and fiction writer, was born in South Africa under apartheid and immigrated with her parents to Australia at age 18.
Alanna Stang and her husband, Andrea Szántó. Ms. Stang is the Executive Editor of Martha Stewart Living.
James Bassett and Bree Jeppson. They are married. Bree Jeppson.
Erik Madigan Heck, Cora Thomas, and Charmaine Picard of The Art Newspaper.
Monika and David Jammy, who have just moved to Brooklyn from South Africa. They are friends of the Kentridges and have a one-year-old baby boy. They were my dinner partners. David was a well-known film producer in Johannesburg and is now starting his career over again in the U.S. His wife, Monika, is from Colombia and is a film programmer.
Marian Goodman toasts the guest of honor.
The guest of honor thanks his gallerist and hostess for the evening.
Collectors Gabriella De Ferrari and Robert Shapiro.
Calvin Tomkins, who profiled William in The New Yorker last year in conjunction with the MoMA show. Andrew Richards (Senior Director) at Marian Goodman.
Karen Harber, an art therapist, also from South Africa. During the dinner she checked occasionally with her 15-year-old daughter who was out on her first date. Ms. Harber sat on my left. Matthew Kentridge, William's brother, who lives in London and happened to be here on business. He is a Principal with Capgemini UK.
Matthew Kentridge, Anne Kentridge, and Carlos Basualdo.
Bree Jeppson and Alanna Stang. I had talked with each of them during the evening and learned that both were new mothers anxious to get home and nurse their 10-week-old babies. I took it upon myself to introduce them to one another.

Turns out they both had given birth to boys, Lucas and Hugo, on the same day! Talk about a synchronistic moment.
Gabriel Orozco, Michelle Kuo, Calvin Tomkins, and his wife Dodie Kazanjian.
Camille Massey, William Kentridge, and Idith Meshulam.
William Kentridge with Cecily Bradshaw, collector (center), and Idith Meshulam.
Robert Shapiro talking with fellow collector, Brenda Potter. Ms Potter has a major collection of Kentridge's works in all forms except film.
Robert Shapiro and Andrew Richards. Susan Sollins is in the background.
Charmaine Picard, The Art Newspaper. Megan Evans, a visual artist from UK who will be having a show at the BoxoFFICE gallery. She was in New York City to film rooftop beekeepers in Manhattan.
Three smokers outside the restaurant: Gabriel Orozco, Andrew Richards, and photographer Erik Madigan Heck.
Calvin Tomkins and Marian Goodman.
Marian and Barbara London, a curator of media and performance art at MoMA.
Matthew Kentridge, Karen Harber, and Anne Kentridge. Matthew is holding a copy of Maira Kalman's latest book. The Kentridges had all been to Maira's show earlier in the day at The Jewish Museum and were pleased to meet her and get a signed copy of the show's catalogue.
Two South-Africans: Bernard Leibov and David Jammy. Mr. Leibov owns the gallery , BoxoFFICE on Hudson Street that is now showing the work of William's sister, Eliza Kentridge. The solo exhibition is called What Are You Thinking All Day? Eliza works with textiles and paper to make appliqued drawings. She is influenced by a variety of traditions such as Ghanaian Fante Flags, European samplers and the folk art traditions of domestic fabrics. Cora Thomas and Erik Madigan Heck. Mr. Heck is a 27-year-old photographer who also curates the online art journal, Nomenus Quarterly.

He had photographed William Kentridge earlier the same day. Ms. Thomas is a Jewelry and
accessories designer.
Matthew and William Kentridge talking with collector Brenda Potter. William and Marian outside the restaurant at the end of a great evening.
The tables are put away. Rose Lord, a Director at Marian Goodman, brings home some peonies.
The Kentridges on their way back to The New York Athletic Club where they were staying. It was a balmy spring evening so we all walked.

Strolling with them is Jillian Slonim, a cultural consultant. Ms. Slonim's husband, Larry Kardish, a senior curator in MoMA's film department, had to leave the party earlier as he was not feeling well.
Click below to view Jill Krementz's previous photojournals of William Kentridge:
Five Themes at The Museum of Modern Art
The Nose at The Metropolitan Opera
Kentridge Redux

Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved.