Collection

William Kentridge, History of the Main Complaint, 1996

Images of William Kentridge, History of the Main Complaint

  • A loosely sketched monochromatic drawing shows a building-lined street. Heavily scribbled shadows and a gray sky create a sense of foreboding.
  • Charcoal drawing of an unconscious man dressed in a suit and tie wearing a respirator.
  • In what appears to be a black-and-white illustrated film still, a television or other screened machine shows the words "HISTORY OF THE MAIN COMPLAINT."
A loosely sketched monochromatic drawing shows a building-lined street. Heavily scribbled shadows and a gray sky create a sense of foreboding.
William Kentridge, South African, b. 1955
History of the Main Complaint, 1996
35mm film transferred to video
Dimensions variable
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow, 2001.24

Photo © MCA Chicago
Charcoal drawing of an unconscious man dressed in a suit and tie wearing a respirator.
  1. Long In this black charcoal drawing, a balding, light-skinned man lies unconscious in a hospital bed. He is visible from the chest up, dressed in a pinstriped suit and striped tie, and wearing a respirator. The man's shoulders are broad; his torso fills most of the image. Medical machines accented with red are partly visible in the background.
William Kentridge, South African, b. 1955
History of the Main Complaint, 1996
35mm film transferred to video
Dimensions variable
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow, 2001.24

Photo © MCA Chicago
In what appears to be a black-and-white illustrated film still, a television or other screened machine shows the words "HISTORY OF THE MAIN COMPLAINT."
William Kentridge, South African, b. 1955
History of the Main Complaint, 1996
35mm film transferred to video
Dimensions variable
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow, 2001.24

Photo © MCA Chicago