• William Kentridge, Self-portrait (Testing the Library), 1998, charcoal on paper, 26 x 20".

    William Kentridge

    Modern Art Museum | Fort Worth
    3200 Darnell Street
    July 11–September 27, 2009

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
    151 Third Street
    March 14–May 31, 2009

    Curated by Mark Rosenthal

    Colonialism’s legacy is central to the work of William Kentridge, whose fiercely satiric narratives often contrast the privileged and the dispossessed. This major survey, co-organized by the Norton Museum of Art, presents some seventy-five pieces—drawings, prints, films, sculptures, and books from the mid-1980s to this year—and emphasizes the Johannesburg native’s recent and never-before-exhibited works, as well as his decades-long engagement with theater. To this end, curator Mark Rosenthal presents thematic sections on Kentridge’s staging of Mozart’s Magic Flute; his forthcoming presentation of Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera The Nose; and projects inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi. Time has broadened the artist’s political scope; expect Kentridge’s nuanced investigations into the psychology of oppression—but on a vaster scale.