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Anish Kapoor

Svayambhu 2007, wax, oil-based paint, variable dimensions. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

Svayambhu 2007, wax, oil-based paint, variable dimensions. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

Endless Column 1992, mixed media, pigment, 400 x 60 x 60 cm. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska

Anish Kapoor

To Reflect an Intimate Part of the Red 1981, mixed media, pigment, 200 x 800 x 800 cm. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

Non-Object Black 2015; Untitled 2023, resin, paint; Dark Brutal 2023, mixed media, paint. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

Gathering Clouds 2014, fiberglass, paint, cm 188 × 188 × 39 each. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

A Blackish Fluid Excavation 2018, steel, resin, cm 150 × 140 × 740; Tongue Memory 2016, silicone, paint, cm 250 × 130 × 70; Today You Will Be in Paradise 2016, silicone, paint, cm 250 × 195 × 45; Three Days of Mourning 2016, silicone, mixed media, paint, cm 250 × 120 × 70; First Milk 2015, silicone, fibreglass, paint. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

Vertigo 2006, stainless steel, cm 225 × 480 × 60; Mirror 2018, stainless steel, cm 195 × 195 × 25; Newborn 2019, stainless steel, cm 300 × 300 × 300. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

Vertigo 2006, stainless steel, cm 225 × 480 × 60; Mirror 2018, stainless steel, cm 195 × 195 × 25; Newborn 2019, stainless steel, cm 300 × 300 × 300. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

Angel 1990, slate, pigment, cm 225 × 480 × 60. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

Void Pavilion VII 2023, mixed media, paint, cm 750 × 750 × 750. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

Void Pavilion VII 2023, mixed media, paint, cm 750 × 750 × 750. Exhibition: 'Untrue Unreal' Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 2023. © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved SIAE, 2023. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Anish Kapoor

exhibition view at Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, 2022. © Anish Kapoor. Photo: © Attilio Maranzano

Anish Kapoor

exhibition view at Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, 2022. © Anish Kapoor. Photo: © Attilio Maranzano

Anish Kapoor

exhibition view at Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, 2022. © Anish Kapoor. Photo: © Attilio Maranzano

Anish Kapoor

exhibition view at Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, 2022. © Anish Kapoor. Photo: © David Levene

Anish Kapoor

exhibition view at Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, 2022. © Anish Kapoor. Photo: © David Levene

Anish Kapoor

exhibition view at Palazzo Manfrin, Venice, 2022. © Anish Kapoor. Photo: © David Levene

Anish Kapoor

exhibition view at Palazzo Manfrin, Venice, 2022. © Anish Kapoor. Photo: © Attilio Maranzano

Anish Kapoor

exhibition view at Palazzo Manfrin, Venice, 2022. © Anish Kapoor. Photo: © Attilio Maranzano

Anish Kapoor

exhibition view at Palazzo Manfrin, Venice, 2022. © Anish Kapoor. Photo: © David Levene

Anish Kapoor

Not the Thing Itself (But Lessons About It) 2022, wood, paint and pigment, 120 x 100 x 3 cm, 47.24 x 39.37 x 1.18 in. Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venezia

Anish Kapoor

Non-Object Black 2019, Kapoor Black, 39 x 39 x 12 cm, 15.35 x 15.35 x 4.72 in. Palazzo Manfrin, Venezia

Anish Kapoor

Non-Object Black 2018, Kapoor Black, 65 x 45 x 13 cm, 25.59 x 17.71 x 5.11 in. Photo: Attilio Maranzano. Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venezia

Anish Kapoor

God's Advice to Adam III 2022, oil on canvas, 305 x 244 cm, 120.07 x 96.06 in. Palazzo Manfrin, Venezia

Anish Kapoor

There Are Always Two Deaths 2021, oil on canvas, 305 x 244 cm, 120.07 x 96.06 in. Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venezia

Anish Kapoor

The Shadowed 2020, oil on canvas, 244 x 305 x 20 cm, 96.06 x 120.07 x 7.87 in. Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venezia

Anish Kapoor

Red mix 2 satin 2020, stainless steel and lacquer, 127 x 127 x 15,3 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Red mix 2 satin 2020, stainless steel and lacquer, 127 x 127 x 15,3 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Red mix 2 satin 2020, stainless steel and lacquer, 127 x 127 x 15,3 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Cobalt Blue and Black mix split 2017, stainless steel and lacquer, 145 x 145 x 20,5 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Cobalt Blue and Black mix split 2017, stainless steel and lacquer, 145 x 145 x 20,5 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

general view, GALLERIA CONTINUA pop-up exhibition space, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah - Dubai, 2021. Photo: Adham Almalla

Anish Kapoor

general view, GALLERIA CONTINUA pop-up exhibition space, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah - Dubai, 2021. Photo: Adham Almalla

Anish Kapoor

general view, GALLERIA CONTINUA pop-up exhibition space, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah - Dubai, 2021. Photo: Adham Almalla

Anish Kapoor

Disc 2010, alabaster, 103 x 104 x 46 cm. GALLERIA CONTINUA pop-up exhibition space, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah - Dubai, 2021. Photo: Adham Almalla

Anish Kapoor

Untitled 2020, alabaster, 80,4 x 70,7 x 39 cm. Photo: Adham Almalla. Exhibition view Burj Al Arab Jumeirah - Dubai, GALLERIA CONTINUA pop-up exhibition space, 2021

Anish Kapoor

general view, GALLERIA CONTINUA pop-up exhibition space, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah - Dubai, 2021. Photo: Adham Almalla

Anish Kapoor

general view, GALLERIA CONTINUA pop-up exhibition space, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah - Dubai, 2021. Photo: Adham Almalla

Anish Kapoor

Alice - Triangle 2017, stainless steel, 90 x 90 x 90 cm. GALLERIA CONTINUA pop-up exhibition space, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah - Dubai, 2021. Photo: Adham Almalla

Anish Kapoor

Exhibition view at Commanderie de Peyrassol. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Continua. Photo Christophe Goussard

Anish Kapoor

Gilgamesh 2016 silicone, fibreglass and gauze, 281 x 331 x 190 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Continua. Photo Christophe Goussard

Anish Kapoor

Alizarin Mist 2016 silicone, fibreglass and gauze, 260 x 252 x 348 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Continua. Photo Christophe Goussard

Anish Kapoor

Ooze 2016 silicone, fibreglass and gauze, 252 x 197 x 233 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Continua. Photo Christophe Goussard

Anish Kapoor

Transparent Skin 2016 silicone, fibreglass and gauze, 185 x 172 x 98 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Continua. Photo Christophe Goussard

Anish Kapoor

Magenta 2020, stainless steel and lacquer, 90 x 90 x 9,5 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Omo 2019, Polymer gravure type etching on paper, 33 x 40 cm (unframed). Photo: Dave Morgan, London

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

Mipa Blue to Red mix 2 and Black Mist 2018, stainless steel and lacquer, 111 x 111 x 12,5 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Mother Haz 2018, Polymer gravure type etching on paper, two parts: 54,3 x 70,5 cm | 21,37 x 27,75 in (unframed). Photo: Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Mother Haz 2018, Polymer gravure type etching on paper, two parts: 54,3 x 70,5 cm | 21,37 x 27,75 in (unframed). Photo: Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Glow 2018, polymer gravure type etching on paper, 33 x 40 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Alice - Oval 2017, Stainless steel, 90 x 90 x 90 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London. © Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor

Alice - Oval 2017, Stainless steel, 90 x 90 x 90 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London. © Anish Kapoor

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

Bowl Shadow 2011-2016, silicone, wood, metal and fibreglass, 52 x 94 x 94 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London

Anish Kapoor

Apple Shadow 2011-2016, silicone, wood, metal and fibreglass, 40 x 67 x 67 cm. Photo: Dave Morgan, London

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

Anish Kapoor

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

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

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: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy (2023), Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia and Palazzo Manfrin, Venice, Italy (2022), Modern Art Oxford, UK (2021); Houghton Hall, Norfolk, UK (2020); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2020);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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