In Praise of Shadows

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Juxtaposing the work of a selection of international contemporary artists such as William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Lotte Reiniger, Jockum Nordstrom and Nathalie Djurberg with the tradition of European shadow theater--particularly as it is practiced in Turkey and Greece, where it is still very much an active art form--this volume examines the historical use of shadows in art. Shadow theater is an oral tradition, based on folk tales and simple narratives expressed with an economy of means, that operates, in large ...

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Juxtaposing the work of a selection of international contemporary artists such as William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Lotte Reiniger, Jockum Nordstrom and Nathalie Djurberg with the tradition of European shadow theater--particularly as it is practiced in Turkey and Greece, where it is still very much an active art form--this volume examines the historical use of shadows in art. Shadow theater is an oral tradition, based on folk tales and simple narratives expressed with an economy of means, that operates, in large part, on improvisation. It has served as a source of inspiration for a number of contemporary artists who have paid homage and appropriated the aesthetics of shadow plays in their work. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, which will travel to Istanbul and Athens. This volume includes essays by critic Lewis Hyde, IMMA Director Enrique Juncosa and exhibition curator Paolo Colombo. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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  • ISBN-13: 9788881587148
  • Publisher: Charta
  • Publication date: 1/9/2009
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he continues to live and work. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Carnegie, and is represented by the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York. A major retrospective co-organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago recently toured the U.S. and appeared in Capetown, South Africa. In 2005 his production of The Magic Flute opened at La Monnaie opera house in Brussels, Belgium.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Paolo Colombo Colombo, Paolo 13

In Praise of Shadows William Kentridge Kentridge, William 17

The Origin, Importance and Communication Process of Karagoz, the Turkish Shadow Theatre Metin 23

Black Eyes Enrique Juncosa Juncosa, Enrique 35

... born with magic hands ... Lotte Reiniger - Scissor Cuts, Shadow Theatre, Silhouette Animations Evamarie Blattner Blattner, Evamarie 43

Ladislas Starewitch (1882-1965) Francois Martin Martin, Francois 49

The Four Films in the Exhibition. A Review Carolina Lopez Caballero Caballero, Carolina Lopez 53

Karaghiozis, Art Critic Lewis Hyde Hyde, Lewis 59

Works 69

Appendix 133

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