Today the St. Louis Art Museum opens a show of recent works by William Kentridge, a South African artist whose work has been exhibited internationally, including a recent retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Eric Lutz, associate curator for prints, drawings and photographs, talked to us about the artist.
• Is this show in conjunction with Kentridge's "Two Films" — also showing at the museum? Yes. And the reason that we're doing this show is that he's coming to town. Washington University wanted to give him a medal in conjunction with the Southern Graphics Conference. We didn't actually have anything by him in the collection, so I went to his print publisher. I'm borrowing everything.
• How did you choose the "Thinking Aloud" (2004) and "Nose" (2007—2009) series? I chose two relatively recent bodies of work. It's better when displaying Kentridge to show a series. He works through themes and motifs.
• What is the relevance of the "Nose" series? It's based on a short story by a Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol called "The Nose." It's an absurdist short story about how he wakes up with his nose missing.
What "Visual Musing: Prints by William Kentridge" • When Today-May 22 • Where Gallery 337 at the St. Louis Art Museum, One Fine Arts Drive • How much Free • More info slam.org
Editor's note: Story has been updated to correct the spelling of Gogol.