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Norwalk's Center For Contemporary Printmaking Opens Nose Exhibit

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking will open "William Kentridge: The Nose Series" Jan. 10.
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking will open "William Kentridge: The Nose Series" Jan. 10. Photo Credit: Center for Contemporary Printmaking

NORWALK, Conn — The Center for Contemporary Printmaking will host "William Kentridge: The Nose Series" from this Sunday through March 19.

The series is an exhibition of 30 prints (each measuring approximately 5” x 8”) by world-renowned artist and South African native William Kentridge. The exhibition is on loan from David Krut Projects, an arts, design and projects gallery space in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Chelsea, New York.

The prints in the series draw upon Kentridge's studies of mime and theater at L’École Internationale de Théâtre with Jacques Lecoq, Paris (1981–82), as well as music, ballet, the history of Western art and the various fortunes of the Communist party in its Soviet and South African incarnations. The prints explore a number of techniques but rely primarily on Kentridge’s strong drypoint marks, softened by sugarlift aquatint and punctuated, in several plates, by a strong Constructivist red.

The opening reception for the exhibit is from 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

In the center’s Lithography Room, a separate exhibition of works by South African artist Stephen Hobbs, "Landlocked City," will expand on his 2015 print demonstration at CCP. Last September, Hobbs editioned a print at the center that incorporated a distorted box drawn in hard ground with its incongruent lines and asymmetry disrupted and camouflaged by a concentrated array of dry point scratches and surface punctures. This image will be exhibited as one of two state proofs, unsigned and potentially finished, along with nine other prints.

The center will offer two events in connection with the Kentridge exhibition. Mezzo-soprano Wendy Gerbier will perform operatic selections from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 11. This event is free but donations are encouraged. From 4-6 p.m. on March 6, Play With Your Food, a local award-winning performance troupe will present "Political Meets Theatrical: Staged Readings from the Edge." Tickets are $40 for non-members and $30 for members. You should reserve your tickets by Feb. 26.

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