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 ‘Surge’ at Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2019); Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum and Imperial Ancestral Temple, Beijing, China (2019); CorpArtes, Santiago, Chile (2019); Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, London, UK (2019); 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, 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 Orbit (2012) in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK and Ark Nova (2013) the world's first inflatable concert hall in Japan.


Current and recent projects:

'Anish Kapoor', Imperial Ancestral Temple, Beijing, China, 10 November 2019 - 28 December 2019

'Anish Kapoor', Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China, 25 October 2019 - 1 January 2020

'Anish Kapoor: Surge', Fundación CorpArtes, Santiago, Chile, 17 April 2019 - 8 September 2019

'Anish Kapoor', Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, London, UK, 16 March 2019 - 18 August 2019

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

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2019
Lisson Gallery 24th Street, New York, NY

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2019
Lisson Gallery 24th Street, New York, NY

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2019
Imperial Ancestral Temple, Beijing, China

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2019
Lisson Gallery 10th Avenue, New York, NY

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2019
Lisson Gallery 10th Avenue, New York, NY

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2019
Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2019
Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, London, UK

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2019
Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, London, UK

Untitled

Anish Kapoor
Untitled, 2016
Silicone, fibreglass and gauze 305 x 215 x 10 cm / 120 x 84 5/8 x 3 7/8 in

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2019
Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2019
Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Sky Mirror

Anish Kapoor
Sky Mirror, 2018
Stainless Steel 320 x 320 cm / 125 7/8 x 125 7/8 in Installation view, Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal

Non-Object (Door)

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 Installation view, The Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Random Triangle Mirror

Anish Kapoor
Random Triangle Mirror, 2016
Stainless steel and resin 190 x 190 x 28 cm / 74 3/4 x 74 3/4 x 11 in

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2018
Punkt Ø, Moss, Norway

Descension

Anish Kapoor
Descension, 2014
Steel, concrete, water, and motor 300 x 800 x 800 cm / 118 1/8 x 315 x 315 in Installation view, Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, NY, USA

Rectangle Twist

Anish Kapoor
Rectangle Twist, 2016
Stainless steel 100 x 100 x 100 cm / 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in

Destierro

Anish Kapoor
Destierro, 2017
Earth, pigment, mechanical digger Dimensions variable

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2015
Château de Versailles, Versailles, France

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2015
Château de Versailles, Versailles, France

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2015
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Reach

Anish Kapoor
Reach, 2014
Stainless steel 391 x 1182 x 400 cm / 153 7/8 x 465 3/8 x 157 1/2 in Installation view, MAST Foundation, Bologna, Italy

Shine

Anish Kapoor
Shine, 2012
Fibreglass and paint 126 x 140 x 140 cm / 49 5/8 x 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in

Untitled

Anish Kapoor
Untitled, 2012
Alabaster and gold leaf 122 x 66 x 49.5 cm / 48 x 26 x 19 1/2 in

Leviathan

Anish Kapoor
Leviathan, 2011
PVC 33.6 x 99.89 x 72.23 metres Installation view, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Leviathan

Anish Kapoor
Leviathan, 2011
PVC 33.6 x 99.89 x 72.23 metres Installation view, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Tall Tree & The Eye

Anish Kapoor
Tall Tree & The Eye, 2009
Stainless steel over carbon 14 x 6 meters / 35.6 x 15.2 cm meters Installation view, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2009
The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Installation view

Anish Kapoor
Installation view, 2009
The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Shooting Into the Corner

Anish Kapoor
Shooting Into the Corner, 2008-9
Base frame, barrel, air receivers, compressor and air lines, projectiles 210 x 150 x 100 cm / 82 5/8 x 59 x 39 3/8 in Installation view, Château de Versailles, Versailles, France

C-Curve

Anish Kapoor
C-Curve, 2007
Stainless steel 220 x 770 x 300 cm / 86 5/8 x 303 1/8 x 118 1/8 in Installation view, Château de Versailles, Versailles, France

Grace

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

My Red Homeland

Anish Kapoor
My Red Homeland, 2003
Wax and oil-based paint, hydraulic motor, steel block 12m in diameter Installation view, The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow, Russia

My Red Homeland

Anish Kapoor
My Red Homeland, 2003
Wax and oil-based paint, hydraulic motor, steel block 12m in diameter Installation view, The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow, Russia

Marsyas

Anish Kapoor
Marsyas, 2003
Steel and vinyl fabric Installation view, Tate Modern, London, UK

Dragon

Anish Kapoor
Dragon, 1992
Limestone and pigment Dimensions variable

Void

Anish Kapoor
Void, 1989
Fibreglass, sand and pigment 200 x 200 x 152.5 cm / 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 x 60 in Installation view, The National Gallery, Singapore

To Reflect an Intimate Part of the Red

Anish Kapoor
To Reflect an Intimate Part of the Red, 1981
Mixed media and pigment 200 x 800 x 800 cm / 78 5/8 x 314 7/8 x 314 7/8 in

Exhibitions

  1. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    31 October – 20 December 2019

  2. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    15 May – 22 June 2019

  3. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    31 March – 6 May 2017

  4. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    14 May – 22 July 2016

  5. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    25 March – 9 May 2015

  6. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    10 October – 10 November 2012

  7. Anish Kapoor: New Works

    Anish Kapoor: New Works

    14 October – 14 November 2009

  8. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    13 October – 18 November 2006

  9. Anish Kapoor: Painting

    Anish Kapoor: Painting

    5 May – 28 June 2003

  10. Anish Kapoor: Blood

    Anish Kapoor: Blood

    5 May – 1 July 2000

  11. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    23 January – 28 February 1998

  12. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    8 November 1995 – 6 January 1996

  13. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    16 April – 20 May 1993

  14. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    1 December 1989 – 4 January 1990

  15. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    11 April – 7 May 1988

  16. Anish Kapoor: Recent Sculpture

    Anish Kapoor: Recent Sculpture

    4 September – 23 September 1985

  17. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    22 October – 19 November 1983

  18. Anish Kapoor

    Anish Kapoor

    19 May – 12 June 1982

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