William Kentridge works in the tradition of socially and politically engaged artists such as William Hogarth, Francisco Goya, Honore Daumier, and Kathe Kollwitz . He’s interested in the human condition, specifically the history of apartheid in South Africa, where he grew up, and the ways in which our personal and collective histories are intertwined. The work in this exhibition ranges from 1976 to 2004 and includes aquatint, drypoint, engraving, etching, monoprint, linocut, lithograph, and silkscreen techniques, often in combinations. In the Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid reports that the dense, lyrical prints “delve into this artist’s bracing vision: How we see the world is how we create it, and what it becomes – and that can be evil and murky or filled with light. Often, paradoxically, it’s both, because that’s the way illusion is – never what it seems.” Read more.
“William Kentridge Prints,” organized by Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA. Through August 24.