William Kentridge frequently makes reference in his works to the printed oeuvre of the great German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. He incorporates Dürer's pictorial ideas and individual motifs, and, like Dürer, strategically employs the striking interplay of black lines and white paper to create his visual worlds.
This results in a unique perspective on the medium of the black-and-white print. Starting from Kentridge's critical review of modernity, which challenges the era's claim to rationality and sophistication, the focus then shifts to the art of Dürer, whose works reflect the profound political, religious, and social upheavals at the dawn of the modern period. What emerges is a dynamic dialogue between two eras. William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg. He is one of the most important artists of our time. Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was a great German Renaissance artist.