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William Kentridge

Medusa, 2001

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Anamorphic lithograph on chine collé, printed on 6 different pages from the 1906 French Larousse Encyclopedia,
image diameter: 24 4/5” (63 cm),
paper size: 30 11/16 x 30 11/16” (77 x 77 cm),
printed by The Artists’ Press, Johannesburg,
mirror-finish steel cylinder,
diameter 3 1/2” (9 cm), height 5” (12,7 cm), weight 2 lbs (750 g),
Ed. 60/XX, signed and numbered

Mystery solved in mirrored captivity: the gorgon’s head with serpents entwined and the painstaking efforts of the water bearer.


“No stranger to tragedy in life and on the stage, [Kentridge] truly has served as a messenger of the obscene and has taken on the burden of drawing ethical conclusions from historical events that are often overwhelmingly evil. His is an art not only of politics, as it has often been viewed, but also an art of theodicy that considers with great deliberation the problems involved in witnessing, telling, and concluding in the face of unremitting state violence.” Susan Stewart Parkett No. 63, 2001