William Kentridge: Being Led By The Nose by Jane TaylorWilliam Kentridge: Being Led By The Nose by Jane Taylor

William Kentridge: Being Led By The Nose

byJane Taylor

Hardcover | May 25, 2017

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South African artist William Kentridge’s drawings, films, books, installations, and collaborations with opera and theater companies have established him as a world-class star in contemporary art, media, and theater. In 2010, and again in 2013, he staged Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera; after the premiere, the New York Times noted that “Kentridge, who directed this production, helped design the sets and created the videos that animate the staging, received the heartiest bravos.” In this book, Jane Taylor, Kentridge’s friend and frequent collaborator, invites us to take an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at his work for the show.

Kentridge has long been admired for his unconventional use of conventional media to produce art that is stunning, evocative, and narratively powerful—and how he works is as important as what he creates. This book is more than just a simple record of The Nose. The opera serves as a springboard into a bracing conversation about how Kentridge’s methods serve his unique mode of expression as a narrative and political artist. Taylor draws on his etchings, sculptures, and drawings to render visible the communication that occurs between his mind and hand as he thinks through the activity of making. Beautifully illustrated in color, William Kentridge offers striking insights about one of the most innovative artists of our present moment.
Jane Taylor is the Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Her books include The Transplant Men, Of Wild Dogs, and Ubu and the Truth Commission.
Title:William Kentridge: Being Led By The NoseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:165 pages, 9.5 × 8.5 × 0.7 inPublished:May 25, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226791203

ISBN - 13:9780226791203

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“Brave, inventive, and intellectually exciting, William Kentridge not only reveals the playfulness and rigor of Kentridge’s aesthetic processes but manages the rare feat of capturing a certain spirit—one that is normally graspable only when one views a work of art itself or watches a live performance.”