William Joseph Kentridge (South African, born 1955)
Swimming pool signed 'KENTRIDGE 89' (lower right) charcoal 48 x 60cm (18 7/8 x 23 5/8in).
PROVENANCE: From the collection of Arlene Amaler-Raviv, obtained directly from the artist
The current lot is typical of the artist's work of the late 1980s, which Kate McCrickard has suggested "can be considered as a repository of signature images for future mining". Such "germinating motifs" include baths and swimming pools (water will become central as a symbol of a state of grace in later works), as well as disassociated elements of city stadiums. During this period in his career, Kentridge developed key images of Johannesburg's dystopic urban milieu, shifting them from "background trope to a foreground subject... The city's stadiums, swimming pools, wrecked cars, billboards and burning tyres... are scattered through some energetic drawings from the mid-1980s".
BIBLIOGRAPHY: K. McCrickard, William Kentridge, (London, 2012), p. 17, p. 21