William Kentridge Print Archive

William Kentridge has made many prints with The Artists' Press over the years; this archive documents most of them. Some of the prints were not published by the studio but were done on a contract basis for the artist or a third party. None of the prints on this page are available from us anymore.

The prints are arranged chronologically, the most recent being at the top of the page.

William Kentridge Prints Published by The Artists' Press

Artists' Books by William Kentridge:

Portage

Breathe

Remembering the Treason Trial

Pocket Drawings

Learning the Flute

Libretto


Prints Available from The Artists' Press

Title: Self Portrait
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 57.5 x 63.5 cm
Image size: 41.7 x 517 cm
Edition size: 40
Date: 2021
SOLD OUT

Title: Hyacinths (Wait Once Again for Better People)
Medium: Six colour lithograph, consisting of 42 panels collaged onto a fabric base, with hand painted elements.
Size: 164.7 x 151.7 cm
Edition size: 30
Date: 2020
SOLD OUT

God's Opinion is Unknown is taken from Sol Plaatje's book Diane tsa secoana le maele a segooa a a dumalanang naco. Sechuana proverbs with literal translations and their European equivalents. Published in 1916.

The phrase Wait once again for better people is drawn from the libretto of Kentridge's chamber opera Waiting for the Sybil.

"Kentridge explained that these words-expressions-phrases hover over or surround the centre of meaning: they are fragments long kept in a drawer and represent unsolved enigmas. He sees these words and phrases as a stimulus to the activity of thinking and the sign that we have to give sense to the world from contradictory fragments, imperfect messages and incomplete evidence. They are the words of a vision and a vision of the words."

Text taken from Electra 4, José Manuel dos Santos, December 2018

Title: Irises, Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope
Medium: Six colour lithograph, consisting of 42 panels collaged onto a fabric base, with hand painted elements.
Size: 164.7 x 151.7 cm
Edition size: 24
Date: 2019
SOLD OUT

A six-colour hand-printed lithograph drawn by Kentridge using charcoal, India ink and black pencil on ball grained film. The text in the background was scanned onto film, from a 1947 astronomers' logbook from the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, which was then exposed onto a plate and hand-printed. The print consists of 42 panels that were stained with lightfast watercolour pigment and then pasted onto 100% cotton fabric using archival wheat starch adhesive. There is some India ink hand-painted detail in the panel gaps on the iris flower section of the print. Each print is folded and placed in a custom handmade clamshell box.

William Kentridge has focussed on irises in many of his works, in a 1998 online interview with Onepeople, Kentridge was asked:

"Has your work been critiqued abroad as a contemporary metaphor for this country?"

He replied: "Yes . . . maybe a bit too much sometimes. You draw an iris and it's seen as a metaphor for the end of Apartheid. Sometimes an iris is an iris."

However, this bowl of irises rests on top of one of Goya's Disasters of War prints titled Great deeds - against the dead! This, in combination with the obsessive recording of astronomical minutiae by the colonial Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope suggests a questioning of the legitimacy of the colonial project in Africa. The iris depicted is the Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) which is indigenous to Europe.

Title: Bird Variation I
Medium: Three colour lithograph
Edition size: 30
Image size: 24 x 28 cm
Paper size: 34.2 x 35.5 cm
Date: 2017
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Bird Variation II
Medium: Three colour lithograph
Edition size: 30
Image size: 24 x 28 cm
Paper size: 34.2 x 35.5 cm
Date: 2017
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Bird Variation III
Medium: Three colour lithograph
Edition size: 30
Image size: 24 x 28 cm
Paper size: 34.2 x 35.5 cm
Date: 2017
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Bird Variation IV
Medium: Three colour lithograph
Edition size: 30
Image size: 24 x 28 cm
Paper size: 34.2 x 35.5 cm
Date: 2017
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: La Dolce Vita
Medium: Lithography, relief print, laser cut and letterpress
Edition size: 60
Image size: 44 x 36.5 cm
Paper size: 55 x 45.2 cm
Date: 2016
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Marcus Aurelius
Medium: Lithography, relief print, laser cut and letterpress
Edition size: 60
Image size: 44 x 36.5 cm
Paper size: 55 x 45.2 cm
Date: 2016
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Untitled
Medium: Single colour  lithograph
Edition size: 101
Date: 2015
This print was William Kentridge's contribution to the GIF 3 Artists' Book, published by The Artists' Press.


Title: Jug and Coffee Pot
Medium: Two colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 35
Image size: 29 x 36 cm
Paper size: 43 x 50.5 cm
Date: 2014
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Garden below the Studio
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 20
Image size: 29 x 36 cm
Paper size: 43 x 50.5 cm
Date: 2014
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Remembering the Treason Trial
Medium: Three colour lithograph made up of 63 panels chine colléd onto a fabric base. Folds up to fit into a slip case.
Edition size: 25
Image size: 196 x 180 cm
Date: 2013

Title: Self-Portrait as a Coffee Pot
Medium: Multiple colour lithograph and collage
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 98.5 x 80 cm
Date: 2012
Published by William Kentridge Studio

Title: Untitled
Medium: Two colour lithograph
Edition size: 24
Paper size: 69 x 56.5 cm
Date: 2012
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Garden at Houghton Drive (Agapanthus)
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 25
Paper size: 47 x 57.5 cm
Date: 2012
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Garden at Houghton Drive (Foxglove)
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 25
Paper size: 44 x 50.5 cm
Date: 2012
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Garden
Medium: Single colour lithograph chine collé
Edition size: 20
Image size: 29 x 36 cm
Paper size: 43 x 50.5 cm
Date: 2012
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Monitor
Medium: Single colour lithograph and collage
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 70 x 86 cm
Date: 2012
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Undo, Unsay
Medium: Single colour lithograph and collage
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 70 x 86 cm
Date: 2012
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: The Full Stop Swallows the Sentence
Medium: Single colour lithograph and collage
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 70 x 86 cm
Date: 2012
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: A Universal Archive
Medium: Single colour lithograph and collage
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 70 x 86 cm
Date: 2012
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Damned squares of this shameless city
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 40
Paper size: 51 x 58 cm
Date: 2010
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Nose with Magnifying Glass (Everyone Their Own Projector)
Medium: Two colour lithograph and collage
Edition size: 60
Paper size: 24.8 x 18.3 cm
Date: 2008
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Folder for Everyone Their Own Projector (to hold the two lithographs below).


Title: Manet (Heating and Ventilation)
Medium: Two colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 100
Paper size: 26.5 19.5 cm
Date: 2008
Published by Captures Editions, Paris


Title: Minutes of a Slow Hour
Medium: Two colour lithograph and collage
Edition size: 60
Paper size: 24.8 x 18.3 cm
Date: 2008
Published by Captures Editions, Paris


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Title: Traité D' Arithmétique
Medium: Multiple run lithograph with collage and watercolour elements
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 160 x 122 cm
Date: 2007
Published by William Kentridge Studio


william kentridge, mark attwood and william kentridge, william kentridge the artists press

Title: News from Nowhere
Medium: Two colour lithograph with collage and watercolour elements
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 160 x 122 cm
Date: 2007
Published by William Kentridge Studio


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Title: Wittgenstein's Rhinoceros
Medium: Two colour lithograph with collage and watercolour elements
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 160 x 122 cm
Date: 2007
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Rhino (published by Artthrob)
Medium: Two colour lithograph with collage and watercolour elements
Edition size: 60
Paper size: 45 x 50 cm
Date: 2007
Published by Artthrob, Cape Town


Title: (Untitled) Rhino I
Medium: Two colour lithograph with collage and watercolour elements
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 45 x 50 cm
Date: 2007
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: (Untitled) Rhino II
Medium: Two colour lithograph with collage and watercolour elements
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 45 x 50 cm
Date: 2007
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Nose Alone
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 20
Paper size: 50.5 x 33 cm
Date: 2007
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Horseman
Medium: Single colour lithograph and collage
Edition size: 25
Paper size: 42 x 50.5 cm
Date: 2007
Published by William Kentridge Studio


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Title: Olympia (53)
Medium: Single colour lithograph and collage
Edition size: 25
Paper size: 75.2 x 93.5 cm
Date: 2007
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Olympia (Wing)
Medium: Single colour lithograph and collage
Edition size: 25
Paper size: 75.2 x 93.5 cm
Date: 2007
Published by William Kentridge Studio


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Title: Horse, Rider and Moustache
Medium: Two colour lithograph and collage
Edition size: 25
Paper size: 75.2 x 64 cm
Date: 2007
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Sculptural Heads 2007


Title: Untitled (four sculptural heads)
Medium: Multiple run lithograph, letterpress, hand coloured and collaged
Edition size: 25 of each head
Size: Each 40 cm high x approx. 26 cm wide.
Date: 2007
Published by William Kentridge Studio

Title: Piccolo
Medium: Single colour letterpress
Edition size: 20
Paper size: 35 x 36.8 cm
Image size: 23 x 26 cm
Date: 2006
Published by William Kentridge Studio

Title: Village Deep
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 60
Paper size: 28.5 x 34.5 cm
Date: 2003
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Summer Graffiti (eight prints in the series, all the same size etc)
Medium: Five colour lithograph
Edition size: 45
Paper size: 18.2 x 23.1 cm
Date: 2002
Published by William Kentridge Studio




















Title: Atlas Confessions
Medium: Four run chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 45 (Arabic numbered edition (1 to 45) all numbered on text index pages, Roman numeral prints (I to X) all numbered on map image papers)
Paper size: 50 x 66 cm
Date: 2002
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Reading Chamber's Encyclopaedia
Medium: Five colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 50
Paper size: 38 x 46.5 cm
Date: 2002
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Self Help
Medium: Two colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 45
Paper size: 28.5 x 38 cm
Date: 2001
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Home Cures
Medium: Two colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 45
Paper size: 28.5 x 38 cm
Date: 2001
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Eros in School
Medium: Two colour chine collé lithograph with hand colouring (red)
Edition size: 50
Paper size: 28.5 x 38cm
Date: 2001
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Medusa
Medium: Three colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 60
Paper size: 76 x 76 cm
Date: 2001
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Leviathan (Arc Shadow Procession)
Medium: Chine collé collage
Edition size: 20
Paper size: 50 x 65 cm
Date: 2000
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: De Peccato Originali (Shadow Procession)
Medium: Chine collé
Edition size: 25
Paper size: 37 x 50 cm
Date: 2000
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: De Peccato Originali (Landscape)
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 30
Paper size: 37 x 50 cm
Date: 2000
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Braz Cubas (Sculpture)
Medium: Two colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 28
Paper size: 28.2 x 33 cm
Date: 2000
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Braz Cubas (Head and Stone)
Medium: Two colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 28
Paper size: 28.2 x 33 cm
Date: 2000
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Mrs Beaton's Household Management (La Cosecha)
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 55
Paper size: 35 x 41.5 cm
Date: 2000
Published by William Kentridge Studio
Apologies for poor quality image, taken in early digital days.


Title: Mrs Beaton's Household Management (Jug)
Medium: Two colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 55
Paper size: 35 x 41.5 cm
Date: 2000
Published by William Kentridge Studio
Apologies for poor quality image, taken in early digital days.


Title: Phenakistoscope
Medium: Four colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 40
Paper size: 29 cm diameter
Date: 2000
Published by William Kentridge Studio
Apologies for poor quality image, taken in early digital days.


Phenakistoscope inner lithograph

Phenakistoscope outer lithograph

Title: Anatomy of Vertebrates
Medium: Single colour lithograph
Edition size: 30
Paper size: 36 x 42 cm
Date: 1999
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Baedeker (Dogana)
Medium: Two colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 40
Paper size: 28 x 38 cm
Date: 1999
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Baedeker (Cambio)
Medium: Two colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 40
Paper size: 28 x 38 cm
Date: 1999
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Baedecker (Pensione)
Medium: Two colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 40
Size: 28 x 38 cm
Date: 1999
Published by William Kentridge Studio


Title: Untitled
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Edition size: 100
Size: 12 x 13.8 cm
Date: 1999
Published by William Kentridge Studio


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