Four black objects – by William Kentridge




JMFA is honoured to be able to offer the set of 4 intaglio prints by William Kentridge, printed by The Caversham Press: all are edition 35/40, in pristine condition and never framed. A special offer for the collector who takes up the option at R 112 000, including VAT.

Although William Kentridge has a deep connection to Johannesburg, and South Africa, his representations pace back and forth through Western art history and literature.
He made these four Black Objects in 2002, during the period he created the poignant theatre piece called Confessions of Zeno, a collaboration he did with Handspring Puppet Company, writer Jane Taylor and composer Kevin Volans. Based on the book, Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo (1923), the story delves into the journal of Zeno recounting his life, at his psychotherapist’s request. The quizzical objects in the series – a chaise longue, a tap, a bath and a pump – have functions in the story and are metaphors.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation process (1995 – 2002) was on the go when Kentridge created Zeno. One wonders whether Kentridge was placing each of us on Zeno’s chaise or in the psychotherapist’s chair – if the Zeno project was partly articulating how our country was trying to restore some justice through the public telling of people’s traumatic experiences.
These objects often appear in Kentridge’s imagery, but together in the Black Object suite, as Zeno’s, they seem to have a purging, cleaning, draining poetry, which belies the quiet, still life quality of each object.