Aspire Art Auctions
Prints, Process and Practice
with Jillian Ross and Tammy Langtry
Printmaking is integral to William Kentridge's artistic practice. Join Aspire Art Auctions, Jillian Ross and Tammy Langtry for a Zoom talk as they spotlight a collection of Kentridge’s prints from an Auction of Modern & Contemporary Art and delve into the artist’s creative method and the fascinating technical process of printmaking.
Kentridge began his career learning etching at the Johannesburg Foundation and has, over four decades, experimented with a broad range of techniques, from etching to lithography, aquatint, drypoint, photogravure and woodcut.
Admirers and collectors are invited to join the conversation with the panellists as they consider history and meaning but also the fascinating technical and creative aspects of the the printmaking process.
Jillian Ross is a leading South African collaborative master printer. Ross has been the Master Printer and Director of the David Krut Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the past 16 years. She has worked with over 100 artists and her most notable ongoing collaboration exists with William Kentridge; collaborating with the artist in creating over 150 editions including the Triumphs and Laments Woodcuts series of six life-size, multiple-plate woodcuts with collage (2016–2020); the Universal Archive series of 75 linocuts on dictionary pages (2011–2014); and The Nose series of 30 etchings (2006–2010).
Many of Ross’ collaborations have been shown internationally and are included in collections at well-respected institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (U.S.A), Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland), The Berlin Kulturforum (Germany) and Zeitz MOCAA–Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (South Africa). Her collaborative projects are well-documented through publications and she is regularly invited to lecture on printmaking.
In 2020 Jillian Ross returned to Canada with her husband and two children.
Whilst developing new relationships and projects in Canada, such as a soon-to-be released collaborative print project at the University of Alberta with William Kentridge, Ross will be strengthening her old ones in South Africa by continuing her inclusive collaborative work with the David Krut Workshop (DKW) and other project partners.
Tammy Langtry, South African born, is currently working as an independent curator and cultural producer. She most recently worked as an Assistant Curator (2017 – 2021) at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA), Cape Town and is currently developing a Pan-African artist residency, LAPA, a co-conceptualised project with the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and the Goethe-Institut.
She holds an Honours degree (Art History, 2010) from the University of the Witwatersrand and has since worked on independent and institutional curatorial projects.
Some of the projects she has worked on include; Reflections of the Cape (2014), 21BF (2014), Spatial Relations (2016), States of Grace (2017), FreeSpace (2018), Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work (2019), Laying Bare: Studio Process at the Museum (2019-2020), Waiting for Gebane (2020).
Langtry’s curatorial interest in creolization, and artistic practice is shaped by personal experience and the politics of identity. She is interested in curatorial practice as cultural synthesis and the bridges between historicized artistic practices to contemporary necessities.