William Kentridge: Five Themes
William Kentridge: Five Themes
William Kentridge: Five Themes
William Kentridge: Five Themes

William Kentridge: Five Themes

Pentagram Design, New York, New York, 2009


The contemporary South African artist William Kentridge creates drawings, prints, sculptures, books, films, installations and performances. William Kentridge: Five Themes was a major exhibition that presented the artist’s work in five major series completed since the 1980s. For the exhibition catalogue, Abbott Miller collaborated with Kentridge to develop different strategies to present this remarkably diverse body of work. Miller developed the WK5 graphic as a way of pulling together the five series into an iconic oeuvre. Each section of the book opens with an image that layers the title of the section over source material from the artist. Kentridge is perhaps best known for his animated films—the artist calls them “drawings for projection”—and the book presents several of these films as progressions of individual frames or stills.

Juror Notes

This outstanding monograph takes on the grit of the artist’s work with the integrity of a filmmaker. The integration of image and writing invites the reader to engage.

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2009
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book


Design firm
Pentagram Design
Art director
Abbott Miller
Abbott Miller, Kristen Spilman
Jacket designers
Abbott Miller, Kristen Spilman
Production director
Karen A. Levine
Project coordinator
Amanda W. Freymann
Picture editor
Amanda Glesmann
Mark Rosenthal
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Norton Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press
Trim size
10.25 x 10
Quantity printed
Mercury, News Gothic
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Jacket printer
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GardaMatt, 150 gsm
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Binding method
Case with jacket