Anish Kapoor

Biography

Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor (British, born 1954) is a Turner Prize winning sculptor, born Mumbai, India. After living with his family in Israel for a period of time, Kapoor moved to London where he attended Hornsey and then the Chelsea School of Art and Design.

In the early 1980s, he gained international recognition as a sculptor showing a new and unusual style, inspired by both Western and Eastern cultures. Influenced by artists such as Mantegna, Beuys, Barnett Newman and Yves Klein, Kapoor’s aesthetic is defined by simple, curved forms that engage the viewer, evoking mystery, awe, tactility, and fascination.

His early pieces rely on powder pigment to cover the works and the floor around them, as an inspiration from the the mounds of brightly coloured pigment in the markets and temples of India. His later works are made of solid, quarried stone, many of which have carved apertures and cavities, often alluding to, and playing with, dualities (earth-sky, matter-spirit, lightness-darkness, visible-invisible, conscious-unconscious, male-female and body-mind). His most recent works are mirror-like, reflecting or distorting the viewer and surroundings.

In 2001, Sky Mirror, a large mirror piece that reflects the sky and surroundings, was commissioned in Nottingham. In 2004, Cloud Gate, a 110-ton stainless steel sculpture, was unveiled at Millennium Park in Chicago. In the Fall of 2006, another large mirror sculpture, also entitled Sky Mirror, was shown in Rockefeller Center, New York. In 2008, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston exhibited Kapoor’s first U.S. mid-career survey.

Increasingly, Kapoor’s recent work blurs the boundaries between architecture and art.

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