1 Jan 2002

Anish Kapoor


Born in 1954 in Bombay, India, Kapoor was educated at Chelsea School of Art and has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s. He is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation.


He won the Premio Duemila prize at the XLIV Venice Biennale in 1990. One year later, he was awarded the Turner Prize, and in 2001 received an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal Institute of British Architecture.
Anish Kapoor is renowned for his enigmatic sculptural forms that permeate physical and psychological space. Kapoor's inventiveness and versatility have resulted in works ranging from powdered pigment sculptures and site-specific interventions on wall or floor, to gigantic installations both in and outdoors. Throughout, he has explored what he sees as deep-rooted metaphysical polarities: presence and absence, being and non-being, place and non-place and the solid and the intangible. Kapoor has stated that his aim is to make objects and installations that look as if imported 'from another world'. His carved stones, protruding wall sections, concave mirrors, and fleshy PVC membranes hover somewhere between pure geometrical order and biomorphic sensuality. Expanding upon Minimalist concerns with the body, Kapoor's work relies on the viewer's individual associations to transform his spaces, enclosed and surrounding, and it is their experiences that ultimately bring the work to life.

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