Evening Sale

Live Virtual Auction, 28 May 2024

Evening Sale

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ZAR 577 625
Lot 164
  • William Kentridge; Sketches for Construction for Return
  • William Kentridge; Sketches for Construction for Return
  • William Kentridge; Sketches for Construction for Return


Lot Estimate
ZAR 600 000 - 800 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 577 625
Location
Cape Town

About this Item

South African 1955-
Sketches for Construction for Return

signed in conté; inscribed with the artist’s name, the title and medium on an Everard Read Johannesburg label adhered to the reverse

charcoal and pastel on paper
79 by 57cm excluding frame; 98 by 75,5 by 4cm including frame

Notes

In 2008, Kentridge was invited to makea short film to be projected on the fire screen of the Teatro La Fenice opera house in Venice. Working experimentally from drawings in his studio, Kentridge, together with sculptor Gerhard Marx, devised a series of seemingly abstract sculptures that when viewed from a particular angle by his film camera, achieved formal legibility and figural coherence. The present lot is a drawing produced in preparation for the creation of the sculpture Construction for Return (Coloratura) (2008) which features in the film. The idea for the project was a response to the absurdity of producing a film piece that would be viewed casually in anticipation of a theatrical event, amidst the discord of the orchestra tuning their instruments. ‘The chaos of the project is mirrored by the piece being about chaos, disintegration and regathering,’ stated Kentridge.1 The logic of the rotating sculptures relies on ‘monocular vision,’ explained the artist, ‘because you have to see a three-dimensional object as a two-dimensional shape. So, it’s the opposite of Renaissance painting where you have a flat image trying to look three-dimensional.’2 Drawing is central to Kentridge’s genrespanning practice, often providing the initial formal resolution for an idea. All Kentridge’s rotating sculptures began life as drawings pasted on his studio wall, which he and his collaborators iterated into solid forms. The present lot refers to moments of ‘fragmentation’ and ‘provisional coherence’ key to an appreciation of Kentridge’s rotating sculptures.3

1 William Kentridge (2010) ‘Return’, Art21, 19 February: https://art21.org/watch/extended-play/williamkentridge-return-short/

2 John Lloyd (2009) ‘Interview: William Kentridge atTeatro La Fenice’, Tate Etc, issue 15, Spring: https://www.tate.org.uk/tate-etc/issue-15-spring-2009/ interview-william-kentridge-teatro-la-fenice

3 William Kentridge (2020) William Kentridge: Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture, Cape Town & Cologne, Norval Foundation & Koenig Books. Page 102

Literature

William Kentridge, Francesca Pasini, Jane Taylor and Angela Vettese (2008). William Kentridge: (Repeat) From the Beginning. Vicenza: Charta Publishers, illustrated in colour on page 96.

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