William Kentridge. Learning the Flute. 2003

William Kentridge Learning the Flute 2003

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Composed of 110 individually printed sheets, this monumental work is a complex technical achievement. A drawing by Kentridge was divided up and transferred in pieces to 110 metal printing plates, then each plate was printed on unbound pages from a 1950 edition of Chambers's Encyclopedia. Featuring an Egyptian temple, stage machinery, and a falcon, as well as familiar Kentridge motifs—including a lightbulb, megaphone, and camera—the composition resonates with Mozart's opera The Magic Flute (1791), which Kentridge directed in 2005, and, given its grand scale, invokes the space of the theater.

Gallery label from William Kentridge: Five Themes, February 24–May 17, 2010.
Medium
Letterpress on encyclopedia pages mounted on 110 sheets of paper
Dimensions
each sheet: 10 1/4 x 14 3/8" (26 x 36.5 cm); overall (irreg.): 110 3/4 x 140 3/8 x 3/4" (281.3 x 356.6 x 1.9 cm)
Publisher
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, Johannesburg
Printer
The Artists' Press, White River, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Edition
18 (9 with encyclopedia pages)
Credit
Patricia P. Irgens Larsen Foundation Fund
Object number
284.2004.a-fffff
Copyright
© 2019 William Kentridge
Department
Drawings and Prints

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