William Joseph Kentridge (South African, born 1955)
'Entirely Not So' signed 'W Kentridge' (lower right) and numbered '25/30' (lower left) silkscreen print 142.2 x 83.5cm (56 x 32 7/8in).
LITERATURE: William Kentridge: A Universal Archive (Parts 7-23), (Sydney, 2012), Annandale Galleries exhibition catalogue, another edition illustrated p. 21
Amongst Kentridge's most famous works are large-scale silkscreen prints such as the triptych Art in a State of Hope, Art in a State of Grace, and Art in a State of Siege (1988), which mark his transition from designing political and theatre posters into fine art printing (though these domains remain interwoven in his work). The 2005 screenprint Entirely Not So, in which a suited man with a cigarette declares that things are not as they seem, in fact "Entirely Not So" (the red streak negating the monochrome message like the line of a no-entry sign), reflects the artist's ongoing interest in the de- and reconstruction of meaning and form. This exploration finds its culmination in a series of silkscreened statements in the 2013 exhibition No, it is at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.