Daily Dose Pick: William Kentridge

Celebrated for a body of work that confronts injustice, William Kentridge addresses South Africa’s brutal apartheid past and ongoing transformation through metaphoric imagery.

Working in a variety of media, Kentridge makes socially engaging art, while exploring the absurd. His films are constructed by continually drawing, erasing, and drawing again on the same piece of paper; in a recent production of Shostokovich’s opera The Nose for The Metropolitan Opera, Kentridge incorporated many of these animated shorts to potently convey the story of a runaway nose and the owner’s attempt to find it.

View William Kentridge’s gallery page, read an interview with the artist, watch a PBS documentary about his life and work, catch his traveling survey show in Vienna, and buy the catalogue.

Click through below for a gallery of images and the trailer from the PBS documentary, which airs on October 21. To enter to win one of two DVDs of William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible, leave a comment below with the name of your favorite Kentridge piece.


William Kentridge. Drawing for the film Stereoscope, 1998–99. Charcoal and pastel on paper; 31 7/16 x 48 3/8 in. Copyright and courtesy of William Kentridge.