Two Kentridge Shows Come to Paris

Image: John Hodgkiss; courtesy of William Kentridge

The New York Times: Globespotters, 10/08/2010

“The past is never dead,” wrote William Faulkner, “it is not even past.” At “William Kentridge — Five Themes,” which runs until Sept. 5 at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, the past is a constant and ambiguous presence. Arriving in Paris after a well-received run at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the exhibition is a brief overview of the South African artist’s career, featuring 40 works completed in a variety of mediums — animated films, drawings, prints and models.

At the museum (1, place de la Concorde; 33-1-47-03-12-50; jeudepaume.org), the exhibition unfolds chronologically, an ironic if welcome hint of structure amid the temporal uncertainty of the work. Early pieces feature fictional characters and are marked by a political tone, while in recent work, like Mr. Kentridge’s production of the Shostakovich opera “The Nose,” there’s a lighter approach, with the focus switching to the artist and the creative process itself. Continue reading “Two Kentridge Shows Come to Paris”