Lisson Gallery

Anish Kapoor

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, Kapoor 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.

Anish Kapoor was born in Mumbai, India in 1954 and lives and works in London. He studied at Hornsey College of Art, London, UK (1973–77) followed by postgraduate studies at Chelsea School of Art, London, UK (1977–78). Recent solo exhibitions include Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal (2018);  'Descension’' at Public Art Fund, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, New York, NY, USA (2017); Parque de la Memoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017); MAST Foundation,Bologna, Italy (2017); Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico (2016); Couvent de la Tourette, Eveux, France (2015); Château de Versailles, France (2015) and The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow, Russia (2015). He represented Britain at the 44th Venice Biennale in 1990 with Void Field (1989), for which he was awarded the Premio Duemila for Best Young Artist. Kapoor won the Turner Prize in 1991 and has honorary fellowships from the University of Wolverhampton, UK (1999), the Royal Institute of British Architecture, London, UK (2001) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford, UK (2014). Anish Kapoor was awarded a CBE in 2003 and a Knighthood in 2013 for services to visual arts. Large scale public projects include Cloud Gate (2004) in Millennium Park, Chicago, USA and ArcelorMittal Orbit (2012) in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK.

Current and recent projects:

'Anish Kapoor', Galleri F 15, Moss, Norway, 30 June - 14 October 2018

'Anish Kapoor', Serralves, Porto, Portugal, 6 July 2018 - 6 January 2019

Anish Kapoor
Leviathan, 2011
PVC 33.6 x 99.89 x 72.23 m / 110 x 328 x 237 ft.

Anish Kapoor
Leviathan, 2011
PVC 33.6 x 99.89 x 72.23 m / 110 x 328 x 237 ft.

Anish Kapoor
Dirty Corner, 2011
Corten steel, earth and mixed media 8.9 x 6.55 x 60 m / 29 x 21 1/2 x 197 ft.

Anish Kapoor
Dirty Corner, 2011
Corten steel, earth and mixed media 8.9 x 6.55 x 60 m / 29 x 21 1/2 x 197 ft.

Anish Kapoor
Shooting into the Corner, 2008-2009
Mixed media dimensions variable

Anish Kapoor
Non-Object (Spire), 2007
Stainless steel 302.2 x 300 x 300 cm / 119 x 118 1/8 x 118 1/8 in.

Anish Kapoor
Sky Mirror, Red, 2007
Stainless steel 274 x 290 x 146 cm / 108 x 114 1/4 x 57 1/2 in.

Anish Kapoor
Greyman Cries, Shaman Dies, Billowing Smoke, Beauty Evoked, 2008
Cement dimensions variable

Anish Kapoor
Greyman Cries, Shaman Dies, Billowing Smoke, Beauty Evoked, 2008
Cement dimensions variable

Anish Kapoor
Svayambh, 2007
Wax and oil-based paint dimensions variable

Anish Kapoor
Svayambh, 2007
Wax and oil-based paint dimensions variable

Anish Kapoor
Memory, 2008
Corten steel 14.5 x 8.97 x 4.48 m / 47 x 29 x 15 ft.

Anish Kapoor
Memory, 2008
Corten steel 14.5 x 8.97 x 4.48 m / 47 x 29 x 15 ft.

Anish Kapoor
Memory, 2008
Corten steel 14.5 x 8.97 x 4.48 m / 47 x 29 x 15 ft.

Anish Kapoor
To Reflect an Intimate Part of the Red, 1981
Mixed media and pigment 200 x 800 x 800 cm / 78 3/4 x 315 x 315 in.

Anish Kapoor
Cloud Gate, 2004
Stainless steel 10 x 13 x 20 m / 33 x 42 x 66 ft

Anish Kapoor
Cloud Gate, 2004
Stainless steel 10 x 13 x 20 m / 33 x 42 x 66 ft

Anish Kapoor
Untitled, 2011
Stainless steel 188 x 188 x 28.5 cm / 74 x 74 x 11 1/4 in.

Anish Kapoor
Marsyas, 2002
PVC, steel Dimensions variable

Anish Kapoor
Sky Mirror, Blue, 2016
Stainless steel and paint 340 x 340 cm / 133 3/4 x 133 3/4 in

Anish Kapoor
ArcellorMittal Orbit, 2012
Steel Height: 114.5 m / 376 ft.

Anish Kapoor
Yellow, 1999
Fibreglass and pigment (Installation view) 600 x 600 x 300 cm / 236 1/4 x 236 1/4 x 118 1/8 in.

Anish Kapoor
Ascension, 2003
Mixed media Dimensions variable

Anish Kapoor
Ascension, 2003
Mixed media Dimensions variable

Anish Kapoor
Tall Tree & The Eye, 2009
Stainless steel over carbon 14 x 6 m / 46 x 20 ft.

Anish Kapoor
Tall Tree & The Eye, 2009
Stainless steel over carbon 14 x 6 m / 46 x 20 ft.

Anish Kapoor
Tall Tree & The Eye, 2009
Stainless steel over carbon 14 x 6 m / 46 x 20 ft.

Anish Kapoor
Untitled, 2011
Stainless steel 188 x 188 x 28.5 cm / 74 x 74 x 11 1/4 in.

Anish Kapoor
Dragon, 1992
Limestone and pigment dimensions variable

Anish Kapoor
Shine, 2012
Stainless steel and gold 126 x 140 x 140 cm / 49 5/8 x 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in.

Anish Kapoor
Shine, 2012
Stainless steel and gold 126 x 140 x 140 cm / 49 5/8 x 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in.

Anish Kapoor
Grace, 2004
Vigaria marble 291 x 170 x 150 cm / 114 5/8 x 66 7/8 x 59 in

Anish Kapoor
(as yet untitled), 2012
Alabaster and gold leaf 122 x 66 x 49.5 cm / 48 x 26 x 19 1/2 in

Anish Kapoor
As yet untitled, 2016
Stainless steel 63 x 63 x 63 cm / 24 3/4 x 24 3/4 x 24 3/4 in

Anish Kapoor
As yet untitled, 2016
Stainless steel 63 x 63 x 63 cm / 24 3/4 x 24 3/4 x 24 3/4 in

Anish Kapoor
As yet untitled, 2016
Stainless steel 63 x 63 x 63 cm / 24 3/4 x 24 3/4 x 24 3/4 in

Anish Kapoor
(as yet untitled), 2012
Alabaster and gold leaf 122 x 66 x 49.5 cm / 48 x 26 x 19 1/2 in

Anish Kapoor
Rectangle Twist, 2016
Stainless steel (installation view) 100 x 100 x 100 cm / 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.

Anish Kapoor
Rectangle Twist, 2016
Stainless steel (installation view) 100 x 100 x 100 cm / 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.

Anish Kapoor
Mirror (Black to Red Brandy Wine), 2015
Stainless steel and lacquer 134 x 134 x 21 cm / 52 3/4 x 52 3/4 x 8 1/4 in.

Anish Kapoor
Alice - Circle, 2014
Stainless steel 90 x 90 x 90 cm / 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 in.

Anish Kapoor
Mirror (Black to Red Brandy Wine), 2015
Stainless steel and lacquer 134 x 134 x 21 cm / 52 3/4 x 52 3/4 x 8 1/4 in.

Anish Kapoor
Alice - Circle, 2014
Stainless steel 90 x 90 x 90 cm / 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 in.

Anish Kapoor
ArcellorMittal Orbit, 2012
Steel Height: 114.5 m / 376 ft.

Anish Kapoor
Non-Object (Door), 2008
Stainless steel
281.3 x 118.1 x 118.1 cm / 110 3/4 x 46 1/2 x 46 1/2 in.

Anish Kapoor
Non-Object (Door), 2008
Stainless steel
281.3 x 118.1 x 118.1 cm / 110 3/4 x 46 1/2 x 46 1/2 in.

Anish Kapoor
Non-Object (Door), 2008
Stainless steel
281.3 x 118.1 x 118.1 cm / 110 3/4 x 46 1/2 x 46 1/2 in.

Anish Kapoor
Mirror (Garnet to Magenta Apple mix 2), 2018
Aluminium and paint 210 x 210 cm / 82 5/8 x 82 5/8 in

Anish Kapoor
Sky Mirror, Blue, 2016
Stainless steel and paint 340 x 340 cm / 133 3/4 x 133 3/4 in

Exhibitions

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    Anish Kapoor

    15 May – 22 June 2019

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    Anish Kapoor

    31 October – 21 December 2019

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    Anish Kapoor

    31 March – 6 May 2017

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    Anish Kapoor

    14 May – 22 July 2016

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    Anish Kapoor

    25 March – 9 May 2015

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    Anish Kapoor

    10 October – 10 November 2012

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    Anish Kapoor: New Works

    14 October – 14 November 2009

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    Anish Kapoor

    13 October – 18 November 2006

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    Anish Kapoor: Painting

    5 May – 28 June 2003

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    Anish Kapoor: Blood

    5 May – 1 July 2000

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    Anish Kapoor

    23 January – 28 February 1998

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    Anish Kapoor

    8 November 1995 – 6 January 1996

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    Anish Kapoor

    16 April – 20 May 1993

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    Anish Kapoor

    1 December 1989 – 4 January 1990

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    Anish Kapoor

    11 April – 7 May 1988

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    Anish Kapoor: Recent Sculpture

    4 September – 23 September 1985

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    Anish Kapoor

    22 October – 19 November 1983

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    Anish Kapoor

    19 May – 12 June 1982

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