Marian Goodman Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition by William Kentridge featuring Oh To Believe in Another World.

William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa where he currently lives and works. His work spans the socio-political conditions of living in post-apartheid South Africa to historical contingencies of today. For Kentridge, the process of recording history is one of constructing reconfigured fragments to arrive at a provisional understanding of the past—this act of recording, dismembering and reordering crosses over into an essential activity of the studio. His work spans a diverse range of artistic media such as drawing, performance, film, printmaking, sculpture and painting. Kentridge has also directed a number of acclaimed operas and theatrical productions.

Kentridge is the recipient of honorary doctorates from several universities including Yale and the University of London. In 2012 he presented the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard University. In 2013 he served as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Contemporary Art at Oxford University, and Distinguished Visiting Humanist at the University of Rochester, New York, and in 2015 he was appointed an Honorary Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In 2017 he received the Princesa de Asturias Award for the Arts, Spain, in 2018, the Antonio Feltrinelli International Prize, Italy, in 2021 the Ruth Baumgarte Art Prize, Hanover, and in 2023 the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, London. Previous awards include the Kyoto Prize, Japan (2010), the Oskar Kokoschka Award, Vienna (2008), the Kaiserring Prize, Germany (2003), and the Sharjah Biennial 6 Prize (2003), among others.

Recent major exhibitions of his work have been shown at MFA Houston, Texas (2023); The Broad, Los Angeles (2022); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2022); Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland (2019); and a traveling show which opened at the Whitechapel Gallery, London in 2016 and traveled to subsequent venues, including the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark and the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (2017). In 2016 his 500-meter frieze Triumphs and Laments was presented along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome. Notes Towards a Model Opera, shown at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China (2015) traveled as Peripheral Thinking to The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (2015). A major traveling exhibition, Fortuna, toured multiple venues in Latin America from 2012-2015. Kentridge has participated in Documenta (2012, 2002, 1997) as well as the Venice Biennale (2015, 2005, 1999 and 1993).