Monday, November 1st, 2010
[William Kentridge's] art is strongly rooted in the traditions of European absurdism, with clear nods to the theatre of Antonin Artaud and Alfred Jarry, as well as Russian constructivism and Russian and German expressionist cinema. His witness to apartheid and its dismantling gives his work a politicised, if not overtly political, narrative that also reflects much of European art and theatre of the early 20th century. And while there is much to be amused by in his jerky automata, overdrawn animations and distorted sculptures, he is quick to warn against misunderstandings of the comedic aspects of absurdism.
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