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ONE OF TWO IMPRESSIONS KNOWN TO EXIST OF KENTRIDGE’S FIRST HAND-COLORED PRINT.
AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SILKSCREEN POSTER, HAND-COLORED BY KENTRIDGE WITH COLORED PENCILS.
A rather daring image: the artist gazes at an overly sexualized black maid. Such depictions were strongly discouraged (and thus most uncommon) under the apartheid régime in South Africa.
Kentridge executed this poster to advertise the exhibition of his “Domestic Scenes” etchings, his second show.
He printed about 20 or 30, coloring each impression by hand with colored pencils. Few of these have survived, and even fewer are SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, as this one is. In fact, only two surviving examples of this poster are known, and the one I offer features far better coloring.
On the verso, A NEATLY-WRITTEN INSCRIPTION BY KENTRIDGE (over 30 words) from 2011, describing the circumstances of this poster’s production.
Professionally backed with extremely fine Japanese paper. Slight marginal defects, else in perfect condition.
One of two surviving impressions of Kentridge’s only hand-colored poster.
This print comes from the collection of one of the earliest collectors of Kentridge’s work, who recognized the artist’s importance long before he became famous.