EXHIBITIONS From The State Art Collection


Shadow quartet

Now on display in the Gallery concourse

William Kentridge, Shadow quartet 2003-2004

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Shadow quartet forms an ensemble of four individual sculptures; each one of the figures is actually a cluster of multiple shadow figures with different personas that appear and disappear as you move around and between them. Ambiguity, recognition and deception are intertwined in Shadow quartet, as each sculpture morphs playfully from one persona to another, from one individual to many, changing before your eyes – animated by your movement. Shadow quartet therefore creates continuous and surprising perceptual discoveries of recognition and transformations, and great visual pleasure.

William Kentridge is considered one of the most compelling artists of our time. His work spans an extraordinary range encompassing drawing, sculpture, film, opera, tapestry and more. Your Collection has eighteen works by Kentridge, including four large bronzes commissioned as a group in 2002 with funds raised by the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation. This commission created the opportunity for Kentridge to realise for Perth the monumental-scale sculpture entitled Shadow quartet.

The William Kentridge Shadow quartet display is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, available for purchase from the Gallery Shop.


Children enjoying a visit to the sculptures








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