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Anish Kapoor

India, England

12 Mar 1954 –

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    stainless steel and lacquer
    150.0 x 120.0 x 34.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated c. verso, black fibre-tipped pen "Anish Kapoor/ 2002".

    Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Geoff Ainsworth AM 2015
    Isaac Wakil Gallery
    Accession number
    © Anish Kapoor

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  • About

    Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation.
    During the 1980s Kapoor, along with his British counterparts Richard Deacon, Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley and others, significantly challenged prevailing sculptural practices. Referred to as New British Sculpture, their respective work (although largely unrelated) shifted away from the purely conceptual or minimal art that had dominated the previous decades to embrace lyricism and metaphor, and to reconfigure the relationship between subject, object and viewer. Kapoor was an influential figure in this development. From brightly coloured pigments spread over abstract bodily forms to concave mirror pieces and enormous sculptural installations, Kapoor’s sculpture is about sensory experiences. He makes sculptural forms which pervade or hold physical space and which deliberately explore metaphysical dualities such as light and darkness, earth and sky, mind and body. For Kapoor, space is not empty; rather it is full of meaning and potential, and it is this paradox that he explores in material and abstract terms.
    Since the 1990s Kapoor’s work has been concerned with the expression of negative space: openings and cavities which are often referred to as voids; spaces connected to contemporary notions of the sublime.
    About his understanding of a ‘modern sublime’ Kapoor has said: ‘I have always been drawn toward some notion of fear in a very visual space, towards sensations of falling, of being pulled inwards, of losing one’s sense of self’.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

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