Jul 27, 2010

Art for Art's Sake: Nose on Horse

In the weekly Art for Art's Sake, we feature a piece of work currently on display at the FAC.

Nose on Horse – Bertrams, William Kentridge, 2007 Watercolor on paper 78 x 77 ½ inches each (four sheets)
Collection of Brenda R. Potter and Michael C. Sandler

The FAC currently has this piece on display as part of William Kentridge: The World is Process. Four large water color paper squares make up the composition. The work was preparation for Kentridge's production of Dimitri Shostakovich's The Nose, which premiered at New York's Metropolitan Opera on March 5, 2010.

The opera is a 1930 work by Dimitri Shostakovich, based on Nikolai Gogol's 1836 absurdist short story, "The Nose." In the story, a man's nose departs to pursue its own political career, eventually outranking its former owner and is eventually arrested while attempting to escape the city in disguise.

Kentridge's work is notable for its emphasis on drawing, but incorporates a multitude of other disciplines, including painting, sculpture, film, and animation. Read more>>