William Kentridge // Universal Archive (Twelve Coffee Pots) // Linocut Print

Kentridge-Universal-Archive-Twelve-Coffee-Pots-2012-Linocut-LR-cropped

William Kentridge is a South African artist, recommenced to me by Batya, a friend of mine currently studying in Swaziland. I choose this set of paintings because it reminded me of home. Both my parents are Cuban and have an addiction to their country’s strong, bitter coffee, and every morning without a doubt the cafetera is on the stove top filling the house with its powerful aroma. Kentridge’s “Universal Archive” is a series of linocut prints on an nontraditional medium- dictionary pages. For the coffee pots, he used pages from the Shorter English Oxford Dictionary, but has been known to use pages of the Britannica Encyclopedia as well. Linocut is a type of printing technique  in which a design is carved into a piece of wood, then the entire surface is covered in ink, and a paper is pressed onto it. I find it very hard to believe that was how these painting were made, since I could have sworn they looked like dry brushing.

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