• Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy to Host: William Kentridge: Universal Archive

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    December 24, 2018

    On view January 11 - March 9, 2019

    Exeter, NH (Dec. 12, 2018) — Phillips Exeter Academy’s Lamont Gallery will premiere William Kentridge: Universal Archive, with an Opening Reception set for Friday, January 11, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

    Renowned South African artist William Kentridge’s work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world since the 1990s. Artist, actor, director, filmmaker, philosopher, activist: he is all of these and more. The Lamont Gallery at PEA is pleased to host this exhibition featuring more than 75 prints, meticulously based on ink drawings, that the artist began creating in 2012 while preparing a series of lectures at Harvard, and has added to subsequently. The subject images – coffee pots, typewriters, cats, nudes, trees – represent an intimate thematic repertoire appearing in art and stage productions throughout the artist’s career. These images shift from identifiable subject matter to deconstructed images of abstract marks on dictionary and encyclopedia pages, forming juxtapositions that suggest skepticism about the creative process and knowledge construction.

    William Kentridge was born in South Africa in 1955. A profound thinker grounded in the practical, growing up surrounded by political upheaval (apartheid), he is articulate about his causes and his art, and the state of being in which he feels most creative, a state of uncertainty. As he has said,

    “There is a desperation in all certainty. The category of political uncertainty, philosophical uncertainty, uncertainty of images, is much closer to how the world is. “


    The process of change and uncertainty that drives his method led him to filmmaking -- specifically, stop-action animation. This was a natural evolution for him:

    “I was interested in seeing how a drawing would come into being.
    It was from the charcoal drawing that the process of animation expanded. . . . With charcoal, you can change a drawing as quickly as you can think. I am interested in showing the process of thinking.”

    You will find examples of his animation, his “moving drawings,” as part of this exhibition.

    Look, experience, and enjoy being challenged by your visual assumptions about works of art: what they mean, how they came into being. The making of meaning, the construction of knowledge; these are the things that intrigue this artist.

    This exhibition is organized for tour by the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College and is made possible, in part, by contributions from Alva Greenberg ’74, the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and Ohio Arts Council.

    Lamont Gallery programs are supported in part by the Michael C. Rockefeller ’56 Visiting Artists Fund.


    William Kentridge: Universal Archive

    January 11-March 9, 2019

    Opening Reception

    Friday, Jan. 11, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    Lunch & Learn: Luncheon & Gallery Talk
    Wednesday, January 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
    Join us for an explorative discussion on William Kentridge: Universal Archive. This body of work inspires in-depth conversations about the creative process and the construction of knowledge. All are welcome and lunch will be provided. This event is free but space is limited.Please RSVP to gallery@exeter.edu by January 16, 2019.

    Ongoing Animation Project

    Enjoy this hands-on opportunity to experience the same process used by artist William Kentridge in some of his projects: stop-action animation. Collaborate in creating a stop-action animation film using this time-honored, thoughtful process. Hours available for this one-camera project to be forthcoming.

    Visit the Lamont Gallery website to learn more about the exhibition and find out about additional events and educational programming: www.exeter.edu/lamontgallery.


    Related Events:

    Resident Archive: Artist John DePol’s Library Engravings & Ephemera

    January 31 - March 8, 2019
    Location: Class of 1945 Library, 21 Rear Elm St. (50 Front St.), Exeter, NH

    Resident Archive features correspondence, preliminary sketches, and the engraved wood blocks used to create the commemorative prints celebrating the Class of 1945 Library.

    Location: Unless noted, all events located at the Lamont Gallery, Frederick R. Mayer Art Center, 11 Tan Lane, Exeter, NH 03833

    Gallery Hours: Monday by appointment; Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Notes: All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact gallery@exeter.edu.


    Publicity photo pasted below. Photo credits should appear as follows:

    Images courtesy of Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, and David Krut Projects, Johannesburg/New York.

    Images, l-r: Ref 32, linocut printed on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 13 3⁄4 x 10 5/8”; Twelve Coffee Pots, linocut printed on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 41 3/8 x 40 3⁄4”; Nine Trees, linocut printed on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 43 1/8 x 57 7/8”.