William Kentridge. Walking Man. 2000

William Kentridge Walking Man 2000

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In collaboration with a specialized printmaking workshop, Kentridge created this monumental linoleum cut using a large panel of linoleum flooring. Because it is inexpensive and easy to print, linoleum is used widely in community–based printmaking workshops in South Africa. Expressive black-and-white patterning is characteristic of the medium.

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

An avid etcher, Kentridge occasionally experiments with the technique of linocut. Here he employed the medium's stark formal qualities and its potential for mesmerizing patterning in the service of his work in the theater, which at the time involved large-scale props and the processional movement of life-size figures; characters that both carry their possessions and morph into them and their environment. The work calls to mind both antiapartheid marchers and uprooted communities.

Gallery label from Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now.
Medium
Linoleum cut
Dimensions
composition: 95 1/2 x 38 1/2" (242.6 x 97.8 cm); sheet: 98 1/2 x 38 1/2" (250.2 x 97.8 cm)
Publisher
David Krut Fine Art, London and Johannesburg
Printer
Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg
Edition
25
Credit
Jacqueline Brody Fund
Object number
602.2008
Copyright
© 2019 William Kentridge
Department
Drawings and Prints

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