ANISH KAPOOR

 

b.1954, Mumbai, India
Lives and works in London, UK

One of the most influential sculptors working today, Anish Kapoor is renowned for his enigmatic sculptural forms that permeate physical and psychological space. The range and energy of his sculptural work over the past decade has inspired many institutions in Europe and the United States to commission large-scale installations. These have been realised with the same degree of inventiveness and versatility that have made Kapoor one of the most prominent artists of our time.

Exploration of the sublime is central to Kapoor’s work. With simple strong forms he explores ways in which viewers can more directly experience sensations such as emptiness and intimacy. Kapoor’s sculptures often exploit the mystical and emotional qualities of colour. His early works consisted of strong organic and geometrical forms covered in sumptuous, intensely coloured powdered pigment. Under their shroud of pure pigment, Kapoor’s sculptures appear almost disembodied and illusory, their weight and mass suspended. In London in 1998, Kapoor suspended a huge eight-metre dome in the ceiling of the Hayward Gallery. Titled At the edge of the world II, covered in a rich, seductive red pigment, this work plays with sensations of attraction and resistance, gravity and vertigo. Influenced by architecture, landscape and art, Kapoor’s practice melds his interest in formal and elemental shapes to make magnificent sculpture.

In 1990, Anish Kapoor won the Premio Duemila prize at the Venice Biennale. One year later, he was awarded the Turner Prize and, in 2001, he received an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal Institute of British Architecture. Kapoor's work has been exhibited worldwide.

Gallery 1.3, GoMA

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Anish Kapor, '1000 names' 1981

ANISH KAPOOR
1000 Names 1981
Collection: The artist
Image courtesy: Lisson Gallery, London