William Kentridge Tapestries

The tapestries show large, dark silhouettes the latest incarnation of the shadow figures Mr. Kentridge has deployed for years against the patterns of old maps. That the tapestries improve greatly upon the collages is one of the show’s revelations.

The tapestries were made by the Stephens Tapestry Studio in Johannesburg, in close consultation with Mr. Kentridge. Marguerite Stephens established the studio in 1963 in Swaziland as a carpet and curtain weaving business. She moved it two years later to Johannesburg to focus on her craft’s artistic potential. According to the exhibition catalog the weavers use the French Gobelin high-warp technique, working from the bottom up on a vertical loom with the cartoon of the weaving behind it.

You don’t need to know all this to be impressed by these works, which tap into a long, glorious history and take full advantage of tapestry’s capacities for intricacy, color and scale.
- Roberta Smith, New York Times, 2007

Exhibition dates: Postponed. New dates in May to be announced