William Kentridge. General. 1993 (published 1998)

William Kentridge General 1993 (published 1998)

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Created a year before South Africa's first nonracial democratic election, as right-wing opposition escalated and police brutality persisted, General isolates one of Kentridge's heartless protagonists. The vigorous line work here was printed from a rigid polycarbonate sheet the artist incised using an electric engraver. Kentridge made several experimental impressions, including this one, on sheets of paper that he first painted with watercolors—creating vivid coloration uncharacteristic of his work overall.

Gallery label from William Kentridge: Five Themes, February 24–May 17, 2010.

Kentridge made General at a time of escalating violence, a year before South Africa’s first democratic election, in which a newly freed Nelson Mandela was elected president. The work was created as a black-and-white engraving; this unusual color version was printed on a sheet that the artist first painted in watercolor.

Gallery label from Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now, March 23–August 14, 2011 .
Medium
Engraving and watercolor
Dimensions
composition and sheet: 47 5/8 x 31 7/16" (121 x 79.8 cm)
Publisher
David Krut Fine Art, London
Printer
107 Workshop, Melksham, England
Edition
35
Credit
Linda Barth Goldstein Fund and Carol and Morton Rapp Fund
Object number
1046.2007
Copyright
© 2019 William Kentridge
Department
Drawings and Prints

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