William Kentridge - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 11, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris

  • Exhibited

    Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, William Kentridge: 10 Tapestries, December 12, 2007 - April 6, 2008 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    C. Basualdo, ed., William Kentridge Tapestries, Philadelphia, 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    The hybrid figures that emerge in multiple mediums throughout the exhibition derive from Kentridge's longstanding interest in shadows and projections. Collaged atop atlas pages in Kentridge's Puppet Drawings, marching across the accordion-style encyclopedia in his Portage book, and materializing into bronze sculptures, the figures—often burdened with the weight of objects and the world—become refugees, migrants, and movers of possessions. Silhouetted so that porter and parcel become one, Kentridge's processional characters evoke the political and cultural volatility that characterized recent South African history while also alluding to a global condition of transit and transition.
    (C. Basualdo, ed., Notations/William Kentridge: Tapestries, Philadelphia, 2007)


Porter Series: Man with Bed on Black

mohair, silk, and embroidered tapestry
105 1/8 x 80 3/4 in. (267 x 205.1 cm)
Signed, titled, numbered, and dated “Porter with Bed, 1/3, 2000, William Kentridge” on a label affixed to the reverse. This work is number one from an edition of three.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York