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Anish Kapoor

Mirror (Black Mist to Pagan Gold) 2019, stainless steel and lacquer, 119 x 119 x 14 cm. Photo Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Mirror (Red) 2019, stainless steel and lacquer, 155 x 155 x 21,5 cm. Photo Dave Morgan, London

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Mirror Glow (Black Mist / Pagan Gold) 2019, stainless steel and lacquer, 99 x 99 x 11 cm. Photo Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Mirror Glow (Pagan Gold) 2019, stainless steel and lacquer, 145 x 145 x 19 cm. Photo Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Mirror Glow (Pagan Gold) 2019, stainless steel and lacquer, 145 x 145 x 19 cm. Photo Dave Morgan, London

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Spilt (Laser Red 2nd mix, Apple and Cobalt), 2018, stainless steel and lacquer, 146 x 146 x 21 cm

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Split (Origanic Green and Burple), 2017, stainless steel and lacquer, 145 x 145 x 20,5 cm

Anish Kapoor

Namibia 2 2016, stainless steel, 40 x 60 x 60 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

Namibia 2 2016, stainless steel, 40 x 60 x 60 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

Monochrome (Yellow) 2014, Fibreglass and paint, 121 x 121 x 84 cm. Photo Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Monochrome (Yellow) 2014, Fibreglass and paint, 121 x 121 x 84 cm. Photo Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Monochrome (Majik Blue), 2016, Fibreglass and paint, 188 x 188 x 40 cm

Anish Kapoor

Descent into Limbo, Havana 2016, concrete, iron and pigment, diameter 3 m. Photo Paola Martinez Fiterre

Anish Kapoor

Descent into Limbo, Havana, 2016, Fibreglass and pigment, diameter 3 m. Ph Paola Martinez Fiterre

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When I am Pregnant, 1992-2016, Fibreglass, wood and paint, 600 x 600 x 150 cm. Ph Lorenzo Fiaschi

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Descension 2015, Steel, water, motor, 500 x 500 cm. Ph Ela Bialkowska

Anish Kapoor

Descension, 2015, Steel, water, motor, 500 x 500 cm. Ph Ela Bialkowska

Anish Kapoor

Descension, 2015, Steel, water, motor, 500 x 500 cm. Ph Ela Bialkowska

Anish Kapoor

Untitled, 2015, Alabaster, 131 x 74 x 35 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Anish Kapoor

Untitled, 2015, Alabaster, 131 x 74 x 35 cm. Ph Ela Bialkowska

Anish Kapoor

Untitled, 2015, Alabaster, 120 x 93 x 49 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Anish Kapoor

Untitled, 2015, Alabaster, 120 x 93 x 49 cm. Ph Ela Bialkowska

Anish Kapoor

Cave, 2012, Corten, 551 x 800 x 805 cm. Ph Oak Taylor-Smith

Anish Kapoor

Cave, 2012, Corten, 551 x 800 x 805 cm. Ph Oak Taylor-Smith

Anish Kapoor

Intersection, 2012, Corten, 515 x 812,5 x 514,4 cm. Ph Oak Taylor-Smith

Anish Kapoor

The Earth, 2012, Fibreglass, wood and blue pigment, 86,4 x 94 x 94 cm. Ph Rémi Lavalle

Anish Kapoor

The Earth, 2012, Fibreglass, wood and blue pigment, 86,4 x 94 x 94 cm. Ph Nicolas Giraud

Anish Kapoor

Ascension, 2003-2015, mixed media, site specific installation, variable dimensions, in collaboration with Illycaffè, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith, installation view Basilica di San Giorgio, Venezia

Anish Kapoor

Ascension, 2003-2015, mixed media, site specific installation, variable dimensions, in collaboration with Illycaffè, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith, installation view Basilica di San Giorgio, Venezia

Anish Kapoor

Ascension, 2003-2015, mixed media, site specific installation, variable dimensions, in collaboration with Illycaffè, Photo Lorenzo Fiaschi, installation view Basilica di San Giorgio, Venezia

Anish Kapoor

Endless Column, 1992, Fibreglass and pigment, 400 x 60 x 60 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Anish Kapoor

1000 Names, 1982, resin, blue pigment, 48 x 48 x 23 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Anish Kapoor

1000 Names, 1982, resin, red pigment, 180 x 60 x 45 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Mastering material, space and colour

Born in Mumbai in 1954, Anish Kapoor lives and works in London. 
He’s one of the most well-known contemporary sculptors. His mastery of diverse materials as well as the presence of his works in public spaces are what have embedded his status and recognizability in art and popular culture. 
The materials favoured by Anish Kapoor are differing and sometimes unusual; cement, rusted steel, fiberglass, PVC, granite, alabaster, stainless steel, marble, wax and pigments.
The man made or natural materials are manipulated, their stationary and dynamic qualities are worked with in order to create a form that becomes a medium with which the artist communicates. Colour and material are the other fundamental elements to Kapoor’s work; they become the vessels through which he communicates. 
Colour is an essential element of his oeuvre and is fundamental for the viewer’s perception of form. The form, in turn, expresses the nature of the material. 
Specific dualities are present in his work and vary from purity and chaos, density and void, to smooth and rough. These are all dualities that are at times present simultaneously and that can be adopted by different components of the work.
Kapoor’s exercises in colour focused on the primary colours blue, red and yellow. The artist has moved on to experiment with other tones throughout his career.
Red has been one of the most prominent and frequently explored by Kapoor; its deep, visceral and associative qualities being particularly significant both for the artist and for the general perception of the public. Colour in his works is always conceived not as an example of what it is, but as the colour itself embodied. 
Another preoccupation of the artist is space, many of his works lie on the threshold between subject and object as well as space only as a notion, implying there is something, the void, beyond it.
The auto-generated is also important for Kapoor as he is interested in an artwork’s independence from the artist as it surrenders itself, often through mechanically dynamic means, and becomes a force and a catalyst for developments within the work. 
Amongst his most recent solo shows we mention: Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Museum & Taimiao Art Museum of Imperial Ancestral Temple, Beijing (2019), Fundácion CorpArtes, Santiago, Chile (2019), Pitzhanger Manor, London (2019), Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemorânea, Porto (2018); Parque de la Memoria, Buenos Aires (2017); Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO), Rome (2016); Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City (2016).

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