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Opening Reception for William Kentridge: Universal Archive

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Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University

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William Kentridge: Universal Archive will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum from March 1 - May 19, 2018; an Opening Reception will take place on Wednesday, February 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibition presents new works on paper by renowned South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955), inspired during the writing of his Norton Lectures, which he delivered at Harvard University in 2012. In more than 75 linocut prints based on ink sketches and printed on dictionary and encyclopedia pages, Kentridge revisits a familiar personal iconography, including coffee pots, typewriters, cats, trees, nudes and other imagery, exploring a thematic repertoire that has appeared in art and stage productions throughout his long career. The prints, which shift from identifiable subject matter to deconstructed images of abstract marks, form juxtapositions with the underlying text that suggest skepticism about the creative process and knowledge construction.

Together with charcoal drawing, printmaking forms the core of Kentridge’s studio practice. Since the 1970s he has made over 300 prints utilizing a range of techniques, including etching, drypoint, engraving, silkscreen, lithography, and linocut. Unlike the act of drawing, in which the artist’s engagement with the support is mediated only through the hand and eye, the act of printmaking involves the surprising intrusion of an outside force—the mechanical act that creates the print, not only reversing the drawn image, but also potentially introducing unexpected changes. As Kentridge explained in 2010, “at the other side of the press is a version of your drawing that is different to the marks originally made. A separation, as if some other hand had made the print.”

William Kentridge: Universal Archive 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 Directos and Ohio Arts Council. Funding for the exhibition at Fairfield University is provided in part by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation. Venü magazine is the exclusive media sponsor of the 2017-2018 season in the Fairfield University Art Museum's Walsh Gallery.

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