Print Quarterly Platform Series: Paul Coldwell in conversation with William Kentridge

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24 May 2018

6pm to 8pm

William Kentridge, born in South Africa, is one of the pre-eminent artists of his generation, working across media that include drawing, film, performance and prints, leaving a legacy of works which ‘declare his allegiance to the humanist project and to a version of realism and social engagement’ (Roger Malbert). Printmaking has been close to the centre of his practice as an artist throughout and this conversation between Kentridge and Professor Paul Coldwell will focus on his approach to print and how it has informed his wider practice.


Kentridge began printmaking in the mid 1970’s, making posters for trade unions, student protests and theatre groups. Since then he has gone on to produce a dazzling array of prints realised in a wide range of media including etching, woodcut, linocut and lithography, all characterised by a direct and incisive approach to drawing and experimentation. He has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including Documenta in Kassel, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Albertina Museum, Vienna, Musée du Louvre, Paris, Whitechapel Gallery, London and the Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from several universities, including Yale and the University of London. Alongside numerous awards, in October 2017, he received the Princesa de Asturias Award for the arts.


Paul Coldwell is an artist, Professor in Fine Art at the University of the Arts London and a member of the editorial board of the journal Print Quarterly.

Tickets: £5/£3
(the ticket price includes a post-talk reception drink)

Image: Mantegna, 2016-2017. From the Triumphs and Laments Woodcut series. ©William Kentridge