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Renowned South African artist, William Kentridge, shares new work inspired during the writing of his Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard in 2012. In this expanding series, a familiar personal iconography is revisited–coffee pots, typewriters, cats, trees, nudes and other imagery; an intimate thematic repertoire appearing in art and stage productions throughout the artist’s career. Meticulously based on ink sketches, over 75 linocut prints shift from identifiable subject matter to deconstructed images of abstract marks on dictionary and encyclopedia pages, forming juxtapositions that suggest skepticism about the creative process and knowledge construction. This is the first major exhibition of the Universal Archive series and is organized with the cooperation of David Krut, in whose Johannesburg print studio Kentridge produced the series.




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Curator and organizing institution: Natalie Marsh, PhD, Director of the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College; with Gund Associates Virginia McBride ’15 and Hanna Washburn ‘14

Exhibition sponsors: Alva Greenberg ’74; Gund Gallery exhibitions and program are sponsored, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.

Number of works: 79 framed linocuts printed on non-archival dictionary and encyclopedia pages mounted on paper ranging from 16 1/4” x 13 1/4” up to 82 1/2” x 45 1/2”.

Venues and availability:

  • April 25-July 13, 2014 – Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
  • January 21-May 15, 2016 – Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
  • June 4-September 18, 2016 – Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredricton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • September 2016-October 2017 – AVAILABLE
  • October 27, 2017-February 17, 2018 – The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • Late February 2018 and beyond – AVAILABLE

Optional feature: Video recordings of the artist’s Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard in 2012. Individual venues may contact Eve Moros Ortega at Art21 for the rights to screen all six videos for a fee of $500. Didactic text panels and labels provided by Gund Gallery. AV equipment not included.

Running/square feet: Flexible, approximately 175-250/1,500-2,000.

Security: High

Fee: $7,000

Shipping/insurance requirements: Incoming and outgoing fine art shipping, along with wall-to-wall insurance

Printable Flyer: Available here.

For more information contact: Robin Goodman, Collections Manager & Registrar, Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, 740-427-5971,



Image credits from top to bottom:

  • Installation view, William Kentridge: Universal Archive, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College. Photo credit: Michael Reilly.
  • William Kentridge, South African b. 1955. Twelve Coffee Pots, 2012. Linocut printed on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Installation view, William Kentridge: Universal Archive, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University. Photo credit: David Broda.
  • Installation detail, William Kentridge: Universal Archive, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College. Photo credit: Michael Reilly.

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