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104. The Lulu Plays, by Frank Wedekind, illustrated by William Kentridge.

Arion Press announces The Lulu Plays with esteemed South African artist William Kentridge for September 2015. One of Arion’s most ambitious artist books, this limited edition contains 67 drawings by William Kentridge bound into the book. The text is the original telling of the Lulu story by playwright Frank Wedekind, which inspired the silent cinema classic Pandora’s Box and the Alban Berg opera Lulu.

Another four larger images, linoleum block prints, are available separately in a portfolio.

Lulu Recumbent

The images are derived from brush and ink drawings for projections for Kentridge’s 2015 production of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu, which was based on the two Wedekind plays from the turn of the century, Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box.  Following its acclaimed run at the Metropolitan Opera, Kentridge’s production opens in London November 9, 2016 at the English National Opera, and in Rome on May 17, 2017. On October 13, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., Kentridge and publisher Andrew Hoyem held a conversation about the Arion project at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; view the complete video of the conversation.

Customer at doorKentridge drew with brush and ink on dictionary pages. The definitions are in the background but the opening and closing words, in larger type, can be read. Often, after drawing, Kentridge moves the sheets, rearranging elements of the drawings so that they become collages and can resemble moving pictures. The appearance of the drawings on pages of the book is very different from the much larger versions in the opera set, where sometimes only a detail is used and images can be altered by the surfaces on which they are projected, as well as fractured or distorted by the planes and interfering elements of the scenery.

Arion Press’s The Lulu Plays is on view in our gallery in San Francisco, at the IFPDA Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory on November 2 through 6 and at the Marian Goodman Gallery London, November 8.

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THE EXTRA SUITE

PRINTS IN PORTFOLIO

(Click on images to view larger gallery.)

Linocut 1 Linocut 2

Linocut 3 Linocut 4

SELECTION OF PRINTS IN THE BOOK

Lulu undressing Lulu's guard Blood

Rorschach Steamer to Cairo

Dancers Lulu

Lulu in distress Countess Geschwitz dying

THE EDITION, PRICE, AND ORDERING

Book Edition: 400 copies, numbered and signed by the artist, 176 pages, quarto format, 13-1/2" x 10", printed by letterpress in black and in red, with 67 images bound into the book, hand bound, with a slipcase. Price: $2,000

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Portfolio Edition: 40 copies, 24-3/4" x 19-1/4", four linoleum block prints, cut and printed in Johannesburg, South Africa, signed and numbered, in a cloth-covered portfolio, sold only with a copy of the book. Price: $16,000, plus $2,000 for the book, for a total of $18,000.

For further information, phone 415-668-2542 or email arionpress@arionpress.com

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Book Edition: 400 copies, numbered and signed by the artist, 176 pages, quarto format, 13-1/2" x 10", printed by letterpress in black and in red, with 67 images bound into the book, hand bound, with a slipcase. Price: $2,000

Purchase the book securely online now:

Portfolio Edition: 40 copies, 24-3/4" x 19-1/4", four linoleum block prints, cut and printed in Johannesburg, South Africa, signed and numbered, in a cloth-covered portfolio, sold only with a copy of the book. Price: $16,000, plus $2,000 for the book, for a total of $18,000.

Reserve the book or portfolio edition:

Reserve your copy


Download the full prospectus in PDF format.


Anthony Bourdain tours Arion Press

Video: The printing of Kentridge’s The Lulu Plays in this Anthony Bourdain tour of Arion Press

View the complete video of the conversation between William Kentridge and Andrew Hoyem at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 13, 2015.


Schedule of 2016-2017 events for Kentridge Lulu:

November 9: London launch for The Lulu Plays artist book and prints at the Marian Goodman Gallery, with the artist and publisher present.

November 9 through 19 in London, Alban Berg’s Lulu at the English National Opera, directed and with stage projections by William Kentridge.

November 2 through 6, in New York Arion exhibits at the International Fine Print Dealers Association Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory at East 66th Street. William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Julian Lethbridge, Julie Mehretu and other recent books and prints on view and for sale. Artist appearances TBA.

Event Questions: arionpress@arionpress.com.