William Kentridge

2012/13 Rolex Arts Initiative mentors announced

Article: 2012/13 Rolex Arts Initiative mentors announced

As the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative celebrated the achievements of its 2010/11 program at the NYPL this weekend, we eagerly awaited the announcement of who the next six mentors in dance, film, literature, music, theatre and art would be. And it comes as no surprise that they’re all amazing and highly accomplished, precisely what the program looks for: true masters in their fields.

Dance: Lin Hwai-min (Taiwan)

Ever since he founded the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in the ’70s, Lin Hwai-min has been hailed as Asia’s premier choreographer and a pioneer of contemporary dance. His choreography blends traditional theatre elements with Western dance techniques, creating an arresting style that prompted The New York Times to declare “Lin Hwai-min has succeeded brilliantly in fusing dance techniques and theatrical concepts from the East and West.”

Film: Walter Murch (U.S.)

Acclaimed for his work as a sound mixer and editor on films like AMERICAN GRAFFITI, THE CONVERSATION, APOCALYPSE NOW and THE GODFATHER series, Walter Murch literally coined the term ‘sound designer.’ And who better to do so than the man who won an unprecedented double Oscar for both sound mixing and film editing for THE ENGLISH PATIENT?

The Cinemagicians: Kentridge and Melies

Article: The Cinemagicians: Kentridge and Melies

I caught up with the shows at the MOMA last weekend, including the William Kentridge exhibit. A show that grapples with heavy subjects like apartheid and colonialism, Kentridge’s animated charcoal drawings get smudged, erased, and redrawn to tell stories about characters that are often heavy, egotistical and morally adrift. Kentridge said, “I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures and uncertain endings. An art in which optimism is kept in check and nihilism at bay.” My favorite part of the exhibit however was where the weighty politics of the stories disappeared and Kentridge does seem to let loose with a cinematic fun that is both surprising and welcome…

William Kentridge at MoMA

Article: William Kentridge at MoMA

After William Kentridge graduated from art school in South Africa, he decided to study theatre and mime in Paris, but “was fortunate to discover that [he] was a bad actor…and was reduced to an artist.” His hopes of acting may not have panned out, but it’s no wonder that performance is such a big part of his work as the latest exhibition at the MoMA highlights. “Five Themes” surveys the last three decades of Kentridge’s work, which includes print, books, collage, drawing, sculpture, animation and performance art. The themes tend to revolve around political movements like the first South African democratic election in 1994 to projects like “The Nose,” Kentridge’s most recent undertaking.