Evening Sale

Live Virtual Auction, 28 May 2024

Evening Sale

Sold for

ZAR 1 078 250
Lot 175
  • William Kentridge; Sleeper (Red)
  • William Kentridge; Sleeper (Red)
  • William Kentridge; Sleeper (Red)


Lot Estimate
ZAR 1 000 000 - 1 200 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 1 078 250
Location
Johannesburg

About this Item

South African 1955-
Sleeper (Red)

signed and numbered HC II/II in white conté in the margin

colour etching, drypoint and aquatint on wove paper
98 by 192cm excluding frame; 109,5 by 203,5 by 6,5cm including frame

Notes

The Ubu Tells the Truth etchings were the starting point for a theatre production Ubu & the Truth Commission (1997). The Sleeper prints were made after the theatre production was completed. I had worked on a series of messy drawings of a naked man, sometimes enclosed by the white Ubu line drawing, trying to get some of the feel of the theatre production in them. With the first set of drypoints I had used a thumbprint and printed the heel of my hand to suggest the flesh texture. With the large drawings one has to pull the shape and texture into the drawing on a larger scale. I wheeled a bicycle over the paper, hit it with a charcoalimpregnated silk rope, invited children and cats to walk over it, spattered it freely with pigment. The Sleeper series used a range of materials and objects placed in soft ground to try to effect the same damage upon the paper.
- William Kentridge

Provenance

Goodman Gallery.

Literature

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (ed.) (2006). William Kentridge Prints, Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing. Another example from the edition is illustrated in colour on pages 68 and 69.

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