Lexicon

Cover page of the Artist's Book Lexicon standing up
Artist's Book Lexicon laid open to reveal a pages with illustrations over the words

Title

Lexicon

Subject

Anthropology, Studio Art, Classical Studies

Description

Lexicon is a facsimile cloth edition of an antiquarian Latin-Greek dictionary [Graecum lexicon manuale, primum a Benjamine Hederico institutum. Londini, 1825] which the internationally celebrated South African artist William Kentridge (born 1954) has embellished with black ink drawings of what might seem at first to be animal silhouettes. In reproducing the work (which is uncollected elsewhere), this beautifully designed artist's book mischievously pits the model of the flipbook against the fragility of the antiquarian original, and flipping its pages animates Kentridge's lively, spiky drawings into a continuously morphing image that transforms from a cat to a coffee pot over the course of the book's 160 pages. This image is based on a disintegrating sculpture that reflects the artist's interest in the instability of objecthood. Lexicon is accompanied by a DVD containing a short film in which Kentridge flips the pages himself"--http://www.artbook.com/9780979764240.html

Creator

William Kentridge

Publisher

A.S.A.P.

Date

2011

Format

1 v. (unpaged) : ill. 24 cm. + 1 videodisc (4 3/4 in.)

Barcode

35108007203177

Location and Call Number

N7433.4.K4617 L49 2011

Library catalog URL

http://consort.library.denison.edu:80/record=b4015268~S6

Collection

Citation

William Kentridge, “Lexicon,” Digital Exhibits | Denison University Archives & Special Collections, accessed July 13, 2024, https://exhibits.denisonarchives.org/items/show/376.