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 William Joseph Kentridge  (1955 - )

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Lived/Active: New York / South Africa      Known for: modernist-leaning landscape, charcoal images, video animation, installations

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in 1955 in Johannesburg
Studies :
1976 - 78 Johannesburg Art Foundation
1976 - BA Political/African Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
1980 - 82 Theatre at Ecole, Paris (cv provided by

William has directed his own theatre productions in association with the Handspring Puppet Company, with animated film backdrops created by himself.
1992 - Woyzeck on the Highveld - multi-media theatre production. Awards for production, set design and direction Performances in Grahamstown, Munich, Antwerp, Toronto, Brussels, Stuttgart, Granada, Glasgow, Bochum, Braunshweig, Berlin, Goteborg, New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, Adelaide, Wellington, Bogota, Jerusalem, Avignon, and cities in Scandinavia, France, Belgium, Italy
1995 - Faustus in Africa - multi-media theatre production. Performances in Weimar Berlin, Grahamstown, Johannesburg, Zurich, Ludwigsburger, Munich, Prague, Stuttgart, Hanover, Basel, London, Remscheid, Gutersloh, Erlangen, Lisbon, Adelaide, Brussels, Bochum, Hanover, Dijon, Jerusalem, Ellwangen, Hamburg, copenhagen, St Polten, Polverigi, Avignon, Seville, Marseille, Rome, Tarbes, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Paris, Sochaux, Bourg en Bresse, Chambery
1997 - Ubu and the Truth Commission - multi-media theatre production. Performances in Weimar, Grahamstown, Avignon, Johannesburg, Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Romainmotier, Hanover, Rungis, Ludwigsberg, Nantes, Kristiansand, Neuchatel, Dijon, Erlangen, Munich, New York Washington, Los Angeles
1998 - Il Ritorno d'Ulisse - multi-media opera
Performances in Brussels, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Zurich

1981 - Howl at the Moon - 40' co-directed video fiction
1982 - Red Ribbon Award - American Film Festival, New York
1984 - Salestalk - 30' film fiction using actors
1985 - Blue Ribbon Award - American Film Festival, New York
1985 - Vetkoek/Fete Galante - 2' animated film
1987 - Exhibition - 3' animated film
1988 - Freedom Square and Back of the Moon - 50' co-directed documentary film
1989 - Johannesburg - 2nd Greatest City After Paris, 7' animated film
1990 - Monument - 3' animated film
Weekly Mail Short Film Competition Award winner, Directs T&I - 12' video fiction, Johannesburg 2nd Greatest City After Paris, London
1991 - Mine - 3' animated film
Weekly Mail Short Film Competition Award winner
Sobriety, Obesity and Growing Old - 9' animated film
Rembrandt Gold Medal, Cape Town Triennal
1992 - Easing the Passing of the Hours - 10' computer animated film collaboration with Robert Hodgins and Debora Bell
1993 - Retrospective of animated films, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Annecy International Film Festival, MOMA, New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1994 - Felix in Exile - 8'43" animated film
1994 - Another Country - animated music video for Mango Groove
Loerie Award winner, Johannesburg
1994 - Memo - collaborative animated film including live actors
1995 - Retrospective of animated films, Annecy International Film Festival, Annecy
1996 - Retrospective of animated films, Festival des Dessins Animé, Brussels
1996 - Retrospective of animated films, Lisbon
1996 - History of the Main Complaint - 5'50" animated film
1997 - Ubu Tells the Truth - animated film
1997 - WEIGHING and WANTING - 6'20" animated film
1998 - ECHO: slide scan bottle - a triptych projection using animated and documentary material
1999 - Stereoscope - animated movie
Carnegie International 1999/2000 award
2000 - Drawing the passing - Documentary
Silver Spire, Golden Gate awards, San Francisco 2000

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago
Carnegie Art Museum, Pittsburgh
Tate Gallery, London
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Museum of Modern Art, San Diego
Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Inst., Washington DC.
Rupert Collection, Stellenbosch
Roodepoort Art Gallery
Sandton Collection
University of South Africa, Pretoria
Durban Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
King George VI Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth
Pretoria Art Museum
South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Pietersburg Collection
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
University of the Orange Free State
University of Stellenbosch
William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley

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