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Cockney Rhyming Slang
  • William Kentridge
    born 1955
    born: Johannesburg, South Africa ; active: South Africa
  • Cockney Rhyming Slang, 2004
  • Thinking Aloud, Nine Small Thoughts
  • Where object was made: South Africa
  • drypoint
  • Paper Type: wove
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 197 x 247 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 353 x 407 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 7/8 x 16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 16 x 20 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2006.0152.01

A bird rests on a horizontal line through the center of the composition, crossed by a vertical bar closer to the right edge. In the upper left quadrant, a staircase, circular pulley, fruit, and figural shape are interrupted by gestural lines. In the LL quadrant, lines swoop down from C, with repetitions of the bird's tail feathers as a leit motif.