William Kentridge: Domestic Scenes


This book is not yet published, but will be available from June 2022.

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This book documents, for the first time, the entire 54 images-as well as an additional 65 plate progressions not previously known to exist-in William Kentridge’s important early series of etchings and aquatints “Domestic Scenes” (1980). One of today’s most respected contemporary artists, Kentridge was only 25 years old and relatively unknown when he made these images which are pivotal in how they shaped his thinking, studio practice and conceptual approach. Presenting a range of human interactions in domestic environments and revealing influences from Matisse to Francis Bacon, from Giacomo Balla to Niki de Saint Phalle, the prints receive in this book fascinating new commentary from Kentridge, who shares his working methods as well as personal memories of the prints’ subjects and creation. Framed by detailed research by Warren Siebrits, the compiler of Kentridge’s upcoming catalogue raisonnĂ© of prints and posters, Domestic Scenes provides some of the earliest evidence of the artist “stalking the drawing”: returning to the etching plate time and again to make additions and alterations.

I also think that I am now ready for some good etching work-one of the things I am good at is quick first-time-right or throw-it-away work, and etching rather than painting will be a way of working from this strength. – William Kentridge, December 1978

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 17.5 x 26.5 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 17 June 2022
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by William Kentridge and Warren Siebrits
Dimensions 17.5 x 26.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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Born in Johannesburg in 1955, William Kentridge is a prominent contemporary artist. He works in and across the mediums of drawing, writing, film, performance, music and collaborative practices, to create art that is grounded in politics, science, literature and history, while maintaining a space for contradiction and uncertainty. Kentridge's work has been seen in museums, galleries, theatres and opera houses internationally since the 1990s, and is held in many major museums and institutions. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from several universities including Yale and the University of London; his prizes include the Kyoto Prize (2010), the Princess of Asturias Award (2017) and the Praemium Imperiale Prize (2019).