Lisson Gallery

Anish Kapoor and Homi K. Bhabha

Anish Kapoor and Homi K. Bhabha
In conversation

At the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Anish Kapoor presents work from his seminal body of early pigment sculptures 1000 Names and Void works, through to never-seen-before sculptures created with Vantablack, a ground-breaking nano-technology substance so dark that it absorbs more than 99.8% of visible light.

The skin of the object as veil between the inner and outer world has always been a potent presence in the artist’s practice, and at the Gallerie dell’Accademia, sculptures made with Vantablack push this dynamic into radical new territory, in forms that both appear and disappear before our eyes. In these works Kapoor proposes that if the motif of the fold in Renaissance painting was a sign of being – in their obliteration of the contour and edge, we are offered nothing less than the possibility to go beyond being.

More unknown forces emerge through a further series of mysterious black works, some embedded in the wall of the gallery, that further explore darkness as a physical and psychic reality. Alongside these works Kapoor’s most recent paintings are strongly debuted, setting up a dynamic dialogue with both the Gallerie’s art historical collection, and his own sculptural language.

Further into the show at Palazzo Manfrin, heaven, hell, earth and sea are all invoked, mixed and inverted in public-scale, mechanised works. Colour for Kapoor is a condition, immersing the viewer in the weight of its saturation, allowing colour to enact its transformational potential. Subtleties of Venetian light are at play in ethereal, geometrical works carved from natural alabaster while the deep, lagoon blue pigment of Kapoor’s early void hemispheres provide moments of meditative respite.

Read more about the exhibition here.

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