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27th September 2022

William Kentridge, Royal Academy, review: An overwhelming, operatic epic from the South African giant

A solo show at the Royal Academy’s main gallery is an accolade that comes with high expectations. Reviews of Kentridge’s show are curiously scattered, as if critics somehow can’t find its epicentre. Is it his animated films, his charcoal drawings, his sculptures or his paintings of flowers? The writer approves of this diversity which gives the show an “operatic” feel. Another critic is less enthused – Kentridge’s erudition is “alienating … he creates with too much head and not enough heart”.