William Kentridge Receives 2010 Kyoto Prize in “Arts and Philosophy” for Original Contributions to the Visual Arts
The non-profit Inamori Foundation presented Mr. William Kentridge its 26th annual Kyoto Prize in “Arts and Philosophy,” which focuses for 2010 on Arts.
In the late 1980s, Mr. Kentridge began creating his signature animated films known as “drawings in motion,” which reflect the history and social circumstances of South Africa.
Using a simple technique that he himself calls “stone-age filmmaking” — namely, the laborious process of filming, frame by frame, a series of ceaselessly changing charcoal and pastel drawings — Mr. Kentridge has injected the traditional technique of drawing into diverse media, including animation, video projection and stage set design.
His world, full of sharp intelligence and profound poetry, exerts great influence on other artists — and provides individuals worldwide with courage and hope that their attempts and practices may still be effective and fundamental, even amid the stagnation of our contemporary society, swirling with political and social unrest.