William Kentridge: Lexicon


Published by A.S.A.P, 2011. Hardcover. 160 pages / black and white.
ISBN: 978-0-9797642-4-0

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Lexicon is a facsimile cloth edition of an antiquarian Latin-Greek dictionary which the internationally celebrated South African artist William Kentridge (born 1954) has embellished with black ink drawings of what might seem at first to be animal silhouettes. In reproducing the work, this beautifully designed artist’s book mischievously pits the model of the flipbook against the fragility of the antiquarian original, and flipping its pages animates Kentridge’s lively, spiky drawings into a continuously morphing image that transforms from a cat to a coffee pot over the course of the book’s 160 pages. This image is based on a disintegrating sculpture that reflects the artist’s interest in the instability of objecthood.