The artist William Kentridge, studiously signing a copy of his book, “2nd Hand Reading”, consisting of a series of drawings on the pages of a 1933 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, in Braamfontein today. From New York to London to Munich to Basel and beyond, he is one of the towering figures of contemporary art. But here, sitting in the quiet showroom of a small independent publisher in De Korte Street, he is, quite simply, a Johannesburger. He wouldn’t be the same without the beloved city he calls home, and nor would Johannesburg be the same without him.


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