WILLIAM KENTRIDGE “PACING PANTHER” ETCHING, 2003
William Kentridge (b. 1955) is an internationally acclaimed South African artist renowned for his dynamic prints, drawings, large-scale installations, and animated films. Kentridge balances universal experiences with the complexity of South African political history and society.
Born in Johannesburg to two prominent lawyers active in anti-apartheid efforts, Kentridge’s proximity to the dissolution of apartheid gave him a unique social sensitivity. His upbringing would shape the socio-political lens that informed his work as an artist.
Kentridge is somewhat of a polymath. Having pursued formal education across politics, fine art, miming, and theater, it comes as no surprise that his work cannot be contained to the bounds of a single medium. Charcoal and ink are often his first tools for creation. The density, darkness and texture of the medium is instantly recognizable throughout his oeuvre..
"Pacing Panther" is a fantastic example of Kentridge's expertise as a printmaker, albeit on a much more intimate scale. Realized in his signature heavy black ink, Kentridge depicts a lone stylized panther in an ambiguous environment, surrounded by loose calligraphic ringlets.
The desolate setting is void of any details aside from a single water bowl, suggesting that the panther has been trapped in an enclosed environment. The panther paces aimlessly to cope with the stress, its frustration captured in this striking yet grim depiction.
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South Africa, 2003
Signed and numbered by the artist
From an edition of 40
8.5"H 10.5"W (image)
16”H 21”W (work)
21.5"H 26.75"W (framed)
Published by David Krut
Very good condition
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