The Artist’s Studio, Johannesburg, 2008
Annandale Galleries, Sydney
Acquired from the above in July 2008
William Kentridge – Telegram From the Nose, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, 11 June – 19 July 2008
J McDonald & B Gregory, William Kentridge - Telegrams from the Nose, exh. cat., Sydney, 2008, illus. p.58
"One of the reasons for Kentridge’s exceptional popularity is the way he unites aspects of cultural experience that are often seen as irreconcilable. His work is both international and intensely localised. He takes the most sweeping approach to politics and history, but uses a language of small, intimate gestures.
As a visual artist, he is continually looking for ways to lift his images off the page and bring them to life – through the mediums of animated film, installation, theatre, opera, or puppet show - as the fertility of his imagination pushes him in many different directions simultaneously...
The drawings, prints and small sculptures in this exhibition are part of the mass of collateral material generated by Kentridge’s designs for The Magic Flute, which occupied his attention from 1998, when he first received the commission from the Opera de la Monnaie in Brussels; to 2007, when the final leg of a world tour was held in Johannesburg. Another source is a commission for The Nose, an opera by Shostakovich, based on a story by Gogol, to be staged by the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 2010." (John McDonald in J McDonald & B Gregory, William Kentridge - Telegrams from the Nose, exh. cat., Sydney, 2008, pp. 4-6