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Anish Kapoor

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Anish Kapoor | England/India b.1954 | Void (#13) 1991-92 | Fibreglass and pigment | 161 (diam.) x 120cm | Purchased 1998. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Anish Kapoor, 'Void (#13)', 1991-92

Anish Kapoor
England/India b.1954
Void (#13) 1991-92
Fibreglass and pigment
161 (diam.) x 120cm
Purchased 1998. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Anish Kapoor

Void (#13) 1991-92

Born in India, Anish Kapoor has a rich cultural heritage through his Indian and Jewish ancestral lineage and his mainly British art education.

He has been one of the most acclaimed sculptors working in Britain since completing his academic studies in 1979. Although currently based in London, Indian materials and ideas maintain a strong presence in his work.

Kapoor's sculpture is primarily concerned with metaphysical dualities: the play of opposing concepts such as presence and absence, inside and outside, light and dark.

In Void (#13) 1991-92, Kapoor has covered a deep concave shape with a dense blue pigment. The blue is highly evocative and has spiritual meaning in both Hindu and Christian beliefs.

Projecting outward into space and simultaneously drawing the viewer in, it is a work that invites the viewer to contemplate its dark interior while remaining aware of its overall form. With sustained viewing, the play of inside and outside generates a profound optical effect.