Coming Full Circle with David Krut Projects
Once more I was confirmed in my belief that a life with curves and forks is much more interesting than a straight line.
The discovery, at Christmas, of the “Triumphs and Laments” 500 m long mural of William Kentridge on the banks of the river Tiber in Rome, was a highlight of our trip. In addition to being an extraordinary work of art, we felt a special connection to the artist because of our shared South African roots and the fact that my husband did his pupillage in the chamber of Sir Sydney Kentridge, the artist’s father.
Fast forward 8 months. A walk through Johannesburg’s Parkwood neighborhood takes us to an intriguing blue house, home to a Mexican art gallery and an intriguing bookstore. David Krut, the bookstore owner, happened to be on site and quickly proceeded to share with us his passion for art, books, printing and social justice.
A life in finance was redirected towards supporting young writers through publishing their books and offering them a space to write without the worry of financial pressure. In 2002, a Workshop was established in Johannesburg as an experimental etching studio. Master printer, Jillian Ross (from Saskatchewan) works with artists to bring their work to life. And yes, you’ve guessed it, one of these artists is William Kentridge. David Krut Projects has locations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and New-York. In addition to the printing studio and the bookstore, it has a gallery curating exhibitions of contemporary works on paper.
And thus we came full circle from Canada to Rome and South Africa.