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William Kentridge Nose: 30 Etchings (Art Book)

Item# 9780981432861

William Kentridge Nose: 30 Etchings (Art Book)

William Kentridge Nose accompanied the launch of a suite of thirty new limited-edition prints by Kentridge called ‘Nose’, the culmination of a four-year collaboration between the artist and David Krut Print Workshop.

Kentridge’s prints elaborated on his work on the Shostakovich opera The Nose, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to premiere in March 2010. Shostakovich’s opera is based on one of the most famous stories in Russian literature, Nikolai Gogol’s The Nose, published in 1837.

The prints, now called simply ‘Nose’, were imagined as a journey through Russian history, reflecting on music, ballet, the history of Western art (Russian and otherwise) and the various fortunes of the Communist party in its Soviet and South African incarnations.

Kentridge’s prints explore a number of techniques but rely primarily on Kentridge’s strong drypoint marks, softened by sugarlift aquatint and punctuated, in several plates, by a strong Constructivist red.

About William Kentridge
William Kentridge, well known for his films, drawings, and theatre productions, began his artistic career learning etching at the Johannesburg Art Foundation under Bill Ainslie. He spent two years teaching printmaking there, and his earliest exhibitions featured his monotypes and etchings such as the Domestic Scenes series.

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: David Krut Publishing (January 20, 2010)
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches

Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose

Shostakovich’s pioneering 1930 work, based on Gogol’s comic story, follows a bureaucrat’s satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose. Famed visual artist William Kentridge stormed the Met with his inventive production of this opera, which was first seen in 2010 and revived in 2013.

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