William Kentridge

William Kentridge has moved between film, drawing and theatre throughout his career, though his primary activity remains drawing. He has gained international recognition for his animated short films and for the charcoal drawings he makes in producing them. He has worked in theatre for many years, initially as designer and actor, more recently as a director. Since 1992 he has worked with the Handspring Puppet Company, creating multi-media pieces using puppets, live actors and animation. His mixed media films were the subject of a focus session during the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. Since participating in Documenta X in Kassel in 1997, he has had solo shows at MoMA in New York and MCA San Diego, and during 1998 and 1999 a survey exhibition of his work was seen in Brussels, Munich, Barcelona, London, Marseille and Graz. In 1999 Kentridge was awarded the Carnegie Prize for his film Stereoscope. In 2001 and 2002, a survey of Kentridge's work travelled to museums in the United States and was seen in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC. In May 2002 Kentridge was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and in 2004 Kentridge was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2010 William Kentridge was awarded the Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy, becoming the first African recipient of Japan's highest private award for global achievement. His latest exhibition Five Themes premiered at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has travelled to New York, Paris, Vienna, Jerusalem, Moscow and Melbourne.