Live Virtual Auction, 9 December 2021

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R 250 360
Lot 13
  • William Kentridge; Table With Sparrow (Left-Hand)
  • William Kentridge; Table With Sparrow (Left-Hand)
  • William Kentridge; Table With Sparrow (Left-Hand)

Lot Estimate
R 200 000 - 300 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 250 360

About this Item

South African 1955-
Table With Sparrow (Left-Hand)
signed and numbered 25/25 in red conté in the margin, further signed, dated 2019, and inscribed 'Left' in the print
digital print on Hahnemühle etching paper
image size: 102 by 146cm; sheet size: 111,5 by 153cm; 124,5 by 167 by 6cm including frame

Notes

An interest in optics and the construct of seeing informs William Kentridge’s experiments with stereoscopic vision, of which Table with Sparrow forms a part. Table with Sparrow translates the set of small photographic images inserted into a stereopticon, as seen in Kentridge’s earlier Double Vision (2007), into two largescale drawings forming a diptych and was subsequently made into an editioned work by the artist. 

A sense of contention and play is brought into the artist’s practice through the questioning of perception that Table with Sparrow proposes. It also harkens back to early experiments in binocular perception that found their way into the repertoire of popular entertainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Provenance

Kindly donated by the artist and Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg, London.

Exhibited

Norval Foundation, Cape Town, William Kentridge: Why Should I Hesitate, Sculpture, 24 August 2019 to 27 July 2020.

Literature

Karel Nel and Owen Martin (2019) William Kentridge: Why Should I Hesitate, Sculpture, Cape Town: Norval Foundation, illustrated on pages 196 and 197.


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