Anish Kapoor: ‘Archaeology, Biology’
23 May 2016
The exhibition ‘Archaeology, Biology’ features 23 significant pieces made between 1980 and 2016 and has been organised around four separate themes. The first section, titled 'Auto-Generated Forms' includes early pigment pieces and the artist's signature optical sculptures. The second section, 'Many Kinds of Beauty', features pristine geometrical pieces next to more grotesque and bawdy forms. This section highlights a tension within Kapoor's work between the ideals of purity and the mathematical precision of form; the swelling of When I am Pregnant (1992) and the seamless mirror surface of C-Curve (2007) with the grotesque and the scatological cement extrusions of Ga Gu Ma (2011–12). In the third room, 'Time', the red monochrome dome At the Edge of the World (1998) frames abduction as a means of representing the infinite. The final room, 'Unpredictable Forces', explores the themes of self-generation and fantasies of the autonomous expression of matter through works like My Red Homeland (2003), a churning disc of wax in perpetual motion and state of becoming, and Archaeology and Biology (2007), silicone paintings of a visceral and cannibalistic materiality.