Black or White [Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven]

Black or White provides an overview of different forms of sequential art: from animated films and video installations to drawings and comic strips. Bringing these to the exhibition space emphasises the political potential of a medium with a long history of critical commentaries on society. In Black or White this medium is used to address various conditions in the current political moment, such as isolation or exclusion on both an individual and a collective level. The exhibition includes works by Michael J. Baers, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels, Piotr Dumala, Extrastruggle, Philippe Grammaticopoulos, Greg Irons and Tom Veitch, Phil Mulloy, Prabhakar Pachpute, Dan Perjovschi, Peter Pontiac, and Ton Smits and William Kentridge. Dates: 08.06.2013 – 13.10.2013 Click here to see Artists Overview Click here for the press release In addition to the main exhibition, William Kentridge – The Refusal of Time ran concurrently from 08.06.2013 – 10.11.2013 in the museum’s studio. The Refusal of Time arose in part out of conversations between Kentridge and science historian Peter Galison on matters including the history of the control of world time, relativity, black holes, and string theory. In this work, a small band of brass and percussion plays anarchic music behind a sequence of animations depicting the institutionalisation of time in late-nineteenth-century Paris. Kentridge narrates the story of attempts to standardise the keeping of time: the invention of pressurised clocks, of time zones, of utopian visions of total synchronisation.

Kentridge (1955, lives and works in Johannesburg) is an artist, printmaker, and animator. His work is largely focused on socio-political themes drawn from the history of apartheid in South Africa. His trademark charcoal drawings, in which he uses erasure in order to create the next image, adds an element of closeness and intimacy to the depicted scene.

Co-curated with Taya Hanauer.