William Kentridge – The Refusal of Time
Renowned South African artist William Kentridge’s work opens at Wellington’s City Gallery this Thursday.
Highly acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge’s latest piece, The Refusal of Time opens at Wellington’s City Gallery on September 5 and runs through to November 16. Combining various mediums to create a moving exploration of contemporary art, which Kentridge calls a piece “about the nature of time”, the work combines the magic of theatre, film, sculpture, drawing, music, written word, and dance in an often thrilling 30min video installation.
Kentridge has been described as one of the most compelling and acclaims artists of our time, with his work noted for the visually seductive imagery and the probing explorations of our interwoven histories of science, humanism, colonialism, and globalisation. For this reason it’s no surprise that Kentridge has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including the retrospective Five Themes at Museum of Modern Art (2010), which travelled extensively in the United States, Europe, and Israel from 2009 to 2012; the Jeu de Paume, Paris (2010); the Albertina Museum, Vienna (2010); and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009).
Showing an awareness of the changing media environment that surrounds him, Kentridge has become recognised for the unique, diverse and prolific body of art he has produced, which includes animated films, drawings, sculpture, and tapestries as well as opera and theatre works. The Refusal of Time continues his ongoing collaboration with well regarded composer Phillip Miller, alongside filmmaker Catherine Meyburgh and dancer Dada Masilo, and it is this collaborative process that makes the piece such a compelling and thematically broad work.
Gaining critical acclaim at the likes of the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, The Refusal of Time showcases not only an essential modern artwork, but also the tremendous institution that is Wellington’s City Gallery, which continues to provide locals with an invitation to the best of the contemporary art scene. This thought provoking exhibition is simply not to be missed, and you can check more details over at the City Gallery website.