William Kentridge (Hardcover)

Process as Metaphor and Other Doubtful Enterprises

By Leora Maltz-Leca

University of California Press, 9780520290556, 416pp.

Publication Date: January 26, 2018

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What does it mean to render the processes of making art—cutting, pasting, and projecting light—as a series of metaphors for how we think and how we live? And why would an artist embark on such an enterprise? This book considers how renowned artist William Kentridge spins the material operations of the studio into a web of politically astute and historically grounded metaphors, likening erasure to forgetting, comparing animation to the flux of history, and marshaling drawing as a form of nonlinear argument. Placing Kentridge’s visual vocabulary and unorthodox methods of production in the context of South Africa’s history, Leora Maltz-Leca explores studio process in all of its metaphoric and philosophical dimensions.

About the Author

Leora Maltz-Leca is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and Chair of the History of Art and Visual Culture department at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Praise For William Kentridge: Process as Metaphor and Other Doubtful Enterprises

"...a persuasive new monograph..."

— New York Review of Books

"...presents a formidable argument for Kentridge’s realignment in relation to global culture, providing us with an exhilarating image of what it means to be ‘contemporary up south’, and a more nuanced understanding of Kentridge’s unique body of work."

— Burlington Contemporary

"By examining the centrality of metaphor to Kentridge’s creative processes, Maltz-Leca weaves a dense tapestry in which individual works from throughout his oeuvre are explicated in terms of the complex ways in which they relate to history, South African history in particular."

— H-Net