NO, IT IS William Kentridge
Fourthwall books, 2012
ISBN 978-0-9870429-0-3
Hard cover, dust jacket, full color
560 pages, 175 x 150 mm

NO, IT IS contains 280 new drawings by William Kentridge (b. 1955), selected from a series of approximately 500 drawings made over a three-month period toward the end of 2012. Combining a series of flipbook sequences, it includes self-portraits of the artist sitting down and standing up, contorting himself or dancing; text-based series; geometric blocks of color; and calligraphic renderings of trees that verge on abstraction. As with the artist’s previous book works, all of the drawings are executed on the pages of antiquarian publications, from manuals on photography and electricity, dictionaries and guides to polishing leather to Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy. Satisfyingly chunky at 560 pages, and limited to an edition of only 800 copies, NO, IT IS is the largest flipbook-style publication that Kentridge has yet undertaken.
Role: Book designer, publisher.
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