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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

William Kentridge
KNOWN, BUT NOT SEEN
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 USD
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206

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

William Kentridge
KNOWN, BUT NOT SEEN
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Curated

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New York

William Kentridge
B.1955
KNOWN, BUT NOT SEEN
signed
charcoal and pastel on paper
63 by 47 1/2 in. 160 by 120.7 cm.
Executed in 2000.
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Provenance

Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Drawn in Kentridge’s trademark graphic style, Known, But Not Seen is a masterful treatise in narrative and withholding, providing eye-catching visual information but concealing its context. The tripartite composition features architectonic elements that should broadcast information to us—a sound, a message, a body, but don’t. Though the artist typically employs this unique style for the purpose of time based media such as film, the static quality of the work serves to emphasize the haunted, desolate landscape Kentridge expertly renders in the various scenes within the composition. Born and raised in South Africa, Kentridge often addresses themes of apartheid, colonialism, and totalitarianism using landscapes, as well as animals and human characters as allegories, alluding through his imaginative style to these societal ills. Known, But Not Seen captures this thoughtfulness and allusiveness, showing without telling, giving enough to make the viewer ask for more and question what is around them—what might be known, and not seen.

Contemporary Curated

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New York