The Nose Knows
Whimsical print series
Artist, Printmaker, Filmmaker, Stage Director; all words that can be used to describe South African artist William Kentridge. The artist has had work displayed in galleries around the world and is now showing a collection of his prints at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk. Kentridge, known primarily for his animated drawings and prints, blends political turmoil with literary references and a touch of the bizarre in his work. His featured series The Nose Series is all those things and then some.
The exhibition, filling two rooms of the small gallery, displays an array of prints from an ongoing series inspired by the short story The Nose by Russian author Nikolai Gogol. The story is a comedic tale in which a government official wakes up to find his nose gone, and is walking around St. Petersburg.
The satirical prints depict the nose on its various adventures; riding a horse, wearing a suit, even having its mugshot taken.
Also available for viewing in the gallery is a recording of Dimitri Shostakovich’s opera The Nose, for which Kentridge was hired to stage and design the production, largely what inspired these works.
The exhibit, which is free to all attendees, will remain up until March 19, 2016.