Talks

Listen: William Kentridge in conversation

The South African artist in conversation with Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen

William Kentridge, a South African artist best known for his prints, drawings and animated films, will be in conversation with Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen, Head of the Courtauld Gallery, London.

Watch video of the talk here.

  • William Kentridge (b. 1955, Johannesburg) studied at the Johannesburg Art Foundation and the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He was a founding member of the Free Filmmakers Co-operative in 1988 and has participated in a number of international exhibitions including documenta (1997, 2002 and 2012) and the Venice Biennale (2005, 1999 and 1993). He has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Kyoto Prize (2010), the Carnegie Prize (2000) and the Red Ribbon Award for Short Fiction (1982). Kentridge's work has been exhibited internationally including at the San Francisco Museum of Art (2009), Tate Modern, London (2012), the Louvre, Paris (2010), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012) and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1998). In 2012 he presented the Norton Lecture at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussets. He has created set designs and acted as theatre director for opera and his co-production of Berg's Lulu will premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in 2015. 
     
  • Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen was educated in England, USA and the Netherlands. He received a BA from Trinity College, Conneticut, and subsequently an MA and PhD from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London where he specialised in late 16th-century religious painting. He established the Gallery's successful programme of exhibitions and has curated projects on subjects ranging from Renaissance portraits to Pierre-Auguste Renoir. 

Frieze Masters includes a programme of talks in which major artists, critics and curators discuss the relationships between contemporary and historical art. Frieze Masters Talks is programmed by Jennifer Higgie (co-editor frieze & editor Frieze Masters magazine) and Jasper Sharp (Adjunct Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna). 

Frieze Masters Talks are supported by Gucci, Associate Sponsor of the fair and sponsor of the Talks this year.