“See for yourself” at the Warehouse Art Gallery

The Warehouse Art Gallery, located at 1635 W. St. Paul Ave., opens a new exhibit Friday, July 8. “See For Yourself”, features the work of William Kentridge, a famous South African artist known for his prints, drawings, film, sculpture, and more. The exhibition is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kentridge’s work is vast. The collection includes brass sculptures, taking shape in a certain perspective, drawings of human figures, colored capital letters on pages of found books, and interactive pieces that create a new way of viewing art. “Doing this in a way that is playful and thoughtful and engages people,” says curator Melanie Herzog. “He approaches things the wrong way and invites us to really think about it.”

“It’s incredibly famous and is on display in major museums, and here it is at The Warehouse in Milwaukee. How cool is that?” exclaims Herzog. Kentridge’s work can be found around the world, nationally in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Milwaukee Art Museum and internationally, in museums such as the Musee du Louvre in Paris, as well as many others. According to Herzog, The Warehouse exhibition is “the one of the largest collections of Kentridge’s work in the United States, if not the largest”.

“The idea is to give people a sense of how Kentridge thinks about seeing and constructing meaning,” says Herzog. “There’s everything he does to ask us to actively watch.”

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The exhibition emphasizes Kentridge’s fascination with sight and different points of view. His work, metaphorically, represents the different perspectives that humans have. The importance of the Kentridge process is fully exposed; the gallery will screen a film showing him drawing, erasing and redrawing a work of art. “It’s all about this process,” Herzog says. “It’s about emphasizing the interactive nature of his work.”

The “See For Yourself” exhibition will run until December 18 at the Warehouse Art Gallery. Free entry. For more information, visit The MKE Warehouse.

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