Gallery Met: The Nose

Ad Hoc: Works for The Nose 
William Kentridge
February 26, 2010 – May 15, 2010
On the occasion of the Met premiere of Shostakovich’s The Nose

Ad Hoc: Works for The Nose presented a selection of pieces William Kentridge created for his new production of Shostakovich’s The Nose, which had its Met premiere in the 2009–10 season. The exhibition featured a number of charcoal drawings, including one of Shostakovich himself, and 125 paper-and-wood costume cutouts, among other pieces, made by the artist and Greta Goiris, the costume designer. Also on display was a disintegrating wooden sculpture based on the Shostakovich drawing; this rotating sculpture was projected on the front curtain before each performance of The Nose, seen while the orchestra is tuning up. Kentridge’s Met debut coincided with the Museum of Modern Art’s career retrospective of his work, entitled William Kentridge: Five Themes, which showed the full breadth of his output.

  • Another Kheppi Ending, 2009
    collage, ink, found paper, and crayon
    32 x 20 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    15 1/2 x 20 7/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    10 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    10 5/8 x 15 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    10 5/8 x 15 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    15 1/2 x 21 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    10 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    15 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    15 5/8 x 20 7/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    15 1/2 x 21 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    10 3/4 x 18 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    10 3/8 x 15 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Untitled (Drawing for suite of 30 "Nose" etchings), 2009
    charcoal and crayon on paper
    10 3/8 x 15 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Shostakovich, 2009
    charcoal on paper
    27 1/2 x 22 5/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY

  • Portrait, 2009
    wood and metal clamps
    35 3/8 x 27 1/2 x 47 1/4 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY

  • Portrait (side view), 2009
    wood and metal clamps
    35 3/8 x 27 1/2 x 47 1/4 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY

  • Please Comrade Chemist, 2009
    ink, Tipp-Ex, and crayon on found paper
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • All the Faceless Populace, 2009
    ink on found paper
    20 1/8 x 11 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Nose with Plaid Pants, 2009
    found papers (Italian 18c cash book), India ink, and paint
    72 x 51 1/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • In the Winter Palace, 2009
    paint on found paper
    11 3/8 x 5 7/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY 

  • Ensemble, 2009
    wood, cotton paper, steel, wood stain, and crayon
    self size: 49 3/4 x 86 1/2 x 7 inches
    130 small 2-dimensional figures, about 5 7/8 x 2 3/8 inches (average)
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, NY  

  • Installation view of Ad Hoc: Works for The Nose.

  • Installation view of Ad Hoc: Works for The Nose.

  • Installation view of Ad Hoc: Works for The Nose.

  • Installation view of Ad Hoc: Works for The Nose.