San Francisco

William Kentridge

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

CAROLINE WALKER BYNUM RAISES an interesting question in her 2005 book, Metamorphosis and Identity: “Were medieval werewolves really metempsychosis?” Metempsychosis is the transmigration of the soul from one animal to another, and odd as the question seems in thinking about the South African artist William Kentridge, it has a curious resonance with this survey, recently on view in San Francisco, precisely because there is a single essence that inhabits his every theme and leap from medium to medium—whether drawing, animation, installation, sculpture, or opera—and that is the ruthlessness, or should I say the wolf, of change.

Mark Rosenthal, the adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, who curated “William Kentridge: Five Themes” (which, having made a recent stop in Fort Worth, travels over the next two years to West Palm Beach, New York,

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