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
India

Current Exhibitions

L’Ultima Cena dopo Leonardo

Fondazione Stelline

02 Apr — 30 Jun
Opening the Art Week 2019, the exhibition “L’Ultima Cena dopo Leonardo” (“The Last Supper After Leonardo”) is part of the initiatives of “Milano e Leonardo 500”, the institutional programme...

Past Exhibitions

Space Shifters

Hayward Gallery
26/09/2018 — 06/01/2019

The World on Paper

PalaisPopulaire
27/09/2018 — 07/01/2019

Art & Jewelry

Custot Gallery
19/03/2018 — 02/06/2018

Continua Sphères Ensemble

Centquatre–Paris
16/09/2017 — 19/11/2017

Anish Kapoor Solo Show

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

Contacts & Details

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