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Power-tool engraved polycarbon sheet, on Vélin d’Arches Blanc 300gsm paper.
Printed by Jack Shirreff and Andrew Smith, 107 Workshop.
Published by David Krut.
Created a year before South Africa’s first nonracial democratic election, as right-wing opposition escalated and police brutality persisted, General isolates one of Kentridge’s heartless protagonists. The vigorous line work here was printed from a rigid polycarbonate sheet the artist incised using an electric engraver. Kentridge made General at a time of escalating violence, a year before South Africa’s first democratic election, in which a newly freed Nelson Mandela was elected president. udith Hecker notes- “Following in the tradition of politically engaged art, the print recalls the satirical depictions of military officers by George Grosz and Otto Dix. While those works savaged the First World War and Hitler, General, despite its regional reference, is a universal symbol for the kind of tyrannical dictator found throughout history and around the globe. Kentridge editioned fifteen prints in black. The matrix was a polycarbonate (rigid plastic) sheet that the artist incised using an electric engraver, which produces lines of tiny dots that hold the ink for printing. The richly inked areas were augmented by master printer Jack Shirreff’s varied wipings of the polycarbonate sheet (which is done after inking, before printing) creating markedly different impressions.”