WWF Art Auction

Live Auction, 17 September 2013

Evening Sale

Sold for

ZAR 160 000
Lot 5
  • William Kentridge; Universal Archive (Six Birds)

Lot Estimate
ZAR 80 000 - 100 000
Selling Price
ZAR 160 000

About this Item

South African 1955-
Universal Archive (Six Birds)

signed and numbered 7/30 in pencil in the margin

linocut printed on non-archival pages from the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary
sheet size: 72,5 by 79cm


Donated by David Krut Gallery

William Kentridge has a substantial international reputation. His work has been widely collected and shown in museums and galleries all over the world.

The Six Birds linocut assemblage is from the recent Universal Archive series of original prints created by William Kentridge at the David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) at Arts on Main Johannesburg in 2012.

Kentridge had been preparing for a demanding six week series of lectures at Harvard University. As an escape from writing, he began painting on recycled dictionary pages in black ink combining the marks of a good brush and a ragged brush – “productive procrastination” as he termed it.

DKW workshop collaborated with the artist and his studio in creating the images as linocuts printed on dictionary sheets from the 1950’s. The collaboration involved cutting linocuts to reproduce a range of brush marks down to single hairlines, and complex printing and assembling.

The Six Birds reflect a combination of some of the exceptional images from the series.

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