Being Led by the Nose
Being Led by the Nose
Kentridge has long been admired for his unconventional use of conventional media to produce art that is stunning, evocative, and narratively powerful—and how he works is as important as what he creates. This book is more than just a simple record of The Nose. The opera serves as a springboard into a bracing conversation about how Kentridge’s methods serve his unique mode of expression as a narrative and political artist. Taylor draws on his etchings, sculptures, and drawings to render visible the communication that occurs between his mind and hand as he thinks through the activity of making. Beautifully illustrated in color, William Kentridge offers striking insights about one of the most innovative artists of our present moment.
“The dialectical relationship between parts of the self drives Taylor’s project in content and form, and the style of writing itself performs the main thrust of the argument. By deliberately employing her writing to mirror Kentridge’s mode of working, Taylor creates not only an insightful critical study of Kentridge’s creative process, but a sophisticated piece of performative writing as well. . . .This book sets a precedent for how theatre scholarship can engage with its object as an artistic collaboration, where text performs how art is made.”
"A great addition to the recent literature that has come out on Kentridge."
“This is an extraordinarily intrepid and lucid book. The fit between Taylor and Kentridge is so invigorating it may as well be unprecedented. Rarely has a major living artist found so engaged and lively a commentator.”
Garrett Stewart, author of Closed Circuits: Screening Narrative Surveillance
“Brave, inventive, and intellectually exciting, William Kentridge not only reveals the playfulness and rigor of Kentridge’s aesthetic processes but manages the rare feat of capturing a certain spirit—one that is normally graspable only when one views a work of art itself or watches a live performance.”
Jessica Dubow, University of Sheffield
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
1. Nasal Passages
2. Nose Bleeds
3. A Special Theory of Relativity
4. Object Lessons
5. Collegiate Assessments