"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
From the series, "Exclusive"
Set designer Sabine Theunissen and scenic artist John Pitts share how the opera curtain for William Kentridge's production of "The Nose" (2010) was enlarged, by hand, from a humble collage. Filmed on location at Kentridge's studio in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at The Metropolitan Opera's workshop in The Bronx, New York.
Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Eve Moros Ortega & Susan Sollins. Camera: Robert Elfstrom & Joel Shapiro. Sound: Tom Bergin & Ray Day. Editor: Mary Ann Toman. Artwork Courtesy: William Kentridge. Special Thanks: The Metropolitan Opera, New York; John Pitts & Sabine Theunissen. © 2010 Art21, Inc.