Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Perhaps most famous for public sculptures that are both adventures in form and feats of engineering, he manoeuvres between vastly different scales, across numerous series of work.

Immense PVC skins, stretched or deflated; concave or convex mirrors whose reflections attract and swallow the viewer; recesses carved in stone and pigmented so as to disappear: these voids and protrusions summon up deep-felt metaphysical polarities of presence and absence, concealment and revelation. Forms turn themselves inside out, womb-like, and materials are not painted but impregnated with colour, as if to negate the idea of an outer surface, inviting the viewer to the inner reaches of the imagination.

Kapoor’s geometric forms from the early 1980s, for example, rise up from the floor and appear to be made of pure pigment, while the viscous, blood-red wax sculptures from the last ten years – kinetic and self-generating – ravage their own surfaces and explode the quiet of the gallery environment. There are resonances with mythologies of the ancient world – Indian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman – and with modern times, where 20th century events loom large.

Anish Kapoor. Courtesy of Fabrice Seixas
Anish Kapoor
Mumbai, 1954

Current Exhibitions

08 Mar — 29 Jul
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi presents the exhibition “The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence”, curated by Valerie Hillings,...


Castello di Rivoli

14 Mar — 23 Jul
This collaborative exhibition between GAM and Castello di Rivoli examines the use of color in art with a presentation of 400 works by over 125 artists from around the world, from the late 17th century up to today. “Color...

Past Exhibitions

Anish Kapoor Solo Show

Lisson Gallery, 67 Lisson Street
31/03/2017 — 06/05/2017

Anish Kapoor at MACRO

MACRO Via Nizza 17/12/2016 — 17/04/2017

Tudo Joia

Bergamin & Gomide
28/10/2016 — 26/11/2016

Drawing Line into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the Collection of BNY Mellon

Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU
22/10/2016 — 15/01/2017

Anish Kapoor: Gathering Clouds

Kukje Gallery 31/08/2016 — 30/10/2016

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Mumbai Country of birth: India Date of birth: 1954