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Anish Kapoor

India 1954


Anish Kapoor
Anish Kapoor
June 1, 2016
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Creating brave and adventures sculptural forms, Anish Kapoor is regarded as one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Maneuvering between various scales of works, different materials and spaces, his concave or convex mirrors swallow the viewers and recesses carved in stone and often pigmented seem as to disappear. Kapoor is a best known for his powerful site-specific works whose protrusions and voids can be interpreted as metaphysical polarities of presence and absence. The forms flow with no interruption, turning themselves inside out and the surfaces are not painted but impregnated with color.

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Anish Kapoor – Cloud Gate, photo via

Education and Recognitions

Kapoor was born in Bombay in 1954. He moved to London in 1970’s to study at Hoesney College of Art and Chelsea School of Art where he earned his master degree. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Kapoor won the Turner Prize in 1991, a year after he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, and honorary fellowships from the London Institute and Leeds University (1997), the University of Wolverhampton (1999) and the Royal Institute of British Architecture (2001). He was also awarded a CBE in 2003 and a Knighthood in 2013 for services to visual arts and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1994.

Anish Kapoor: The winner of numerous awards

Anish Kapoor - My Red Homeland (installation view), 2003, Image copyright the artist
Anish Kapoor – My Red Homeland (installation view), 2003, Image copyright the artist

Anish Kapoor’s Sculpture

The beginnings of his career during the 80’s marked the use of natural materials as marble, granite, limestone, pigment and plaster and abstract forms with minimalistic concept characteristic by rich color and optical effect of depth. In the late 80’s and early 90’s his explorations of the matter and non-matter took him to the works that seem to recede into the distance, disappear through the walls or floors or on some other way question the idea of physical presence. In 1987, Kapoor started to exploit the stone which he later used for play with dualities like earth-sky, lightness-darkness, visible-invisible, body-mind. Eight years later, he became interested in the highly reflective surface of the polished stainless steel. Reflecting and distorting its surroundings, these mirror-like sculptures delve further into the realm of manipulations of form and space. The critic welcomed his Cloud Gate, an 110-ton piece of art created for Chicago’s Millennium Park in 2006, so as Sky Mirror, a 35-foot-diameter concave mirror placed ae Rockefeller Center in New York the same year.

At the beginning of his career Kapoor used natural materials

Anish Kapoor - Sky Mirror, 2006, photo via fubiz
Anish Kapoor – Sky Mirror, 2006, photo via

Winning the 2017 Genesis Prize

Due to his outstanding work and activities within the community, no one was too surprised that Anish Kapoor was named the 2017 Genesis Prize winner. As we’ve already grown accustomed to by now, The Genesis Prize Foundation yearly honors individuals who have achieved distinction in their chosen profession and demonstrated dedication to the Jewish community. Kapoor found himself at the receiving end of such a prestigious reward for his Holocaust Memorial for the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London and the 70 candles for Holocaust Memorial Day in Britain in 2015 that commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The 2017 Genesis Prize now serves the role of a creative crown to Kapoor who certainly holds this reward close to heart despite the fact he accepted so many prizes for his art during the course of his career. During the annunciation of the winner, The Genesis Prize Foundation acknowledged Kapoor as one of the most influential and innovative artists of his generation.

Anish Kapoor – Untitled, 1990 – Image via

An Artist, Not a Politician

Staying true to his personality and previous decisions, Kapoor made a choice to donate the $1 million award – as is the custom for this prize – to organizations that will help alleviate the refugee crisis and try to expand the Jewish community’s engagement in a global effort to aid Syrian refugees. Anish explained such a decision with the following statement: As inheritors and carriers of Jewish values, it is unseemly, therefore, for us to ignore the plight of people who are persecuted, who have lost everything and had to flee as refugees in mortal danger. Outsider consciousness resides at the heart of Jewish identity and this is what motivates me, while accepting the honor of the Genesis Prize, to re-gift the proceeds to refugee causes. He also noted that he is an artist and not a politician, a fact that obliges him to speak out against indifference for the suffering of others.

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Anish Kapoor – Monumenta, Grand Palais, Paris – Image via

Kapoor Chose the Art

During the time, Kapoor’s work more and more blurs the boundaries between the architecture, design and sculpture. Originally left India to become an engineer as his father, he became seriously interested in art and gave up his intentions. That proved to be a good life choice, considering the fact that he has become one of the best-known contemporary sculptors in the world. His art pieces can be found in several major cities on the planet and also in collection worldwide, notably at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

This artist is represented by Scai the Bathhouse, Tokyo, We Are Partners, Paris and Weng Contemporary, Zug.

Anish Kapoor lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Featured image: Anish Kapoor – Photo of the artist – Image via Adam Berry
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Anish KapoorLisson Gallery Milan, ItalySolo
2016Today You Will Be In ParadiseGladstone Gallery, New YorkSolo
2016Anish KapoorMuseo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, MexicoSolo
2015Anish Kapoor chez Le CorbusierCouvent de La Tourette, Eveux, FranceSolo
2015Anish KapoorGladstone Gallery, BrusselsSolo
2015Anish KapoorRegen Projects, Los AngelesSolo
2015Anish Kapoor: My Red HomelandJewish Museum and Tolerance Centre, MoscowSolo
2015Between Idea and ExperienceHavana Biennial, Havana, CubaGroup
2015Wind and Art Don't Care About BordersMetropolitan Art Society, Beirut Group
2015Anish Kapoor & RembrandtRijkmuseum, AmsterdamDuo
2014Whorles ExplorationsKochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, IndiaGroup
2014A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family CollectionThe Contemporary Austin, AustinGroup
2014Making Links: 25 YearsSCAI the Bathhouse, TokyoGroup
2013 DYNAMO, Un siècle de lumière et de mouvement dans l'art 1913-2013, Grand Palais, Galeries Nationales, Paris, France Group
2012Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery, London, UK Solo
2009 Anish Kapoor: New Works,Lisson Gallery, LondonGroup
2009 MemoryGuggenheim, New York, NYGroup
2009 Blood RelationsFabrica, Brighton, UKGroup
2009 Shooting into the Corner, MAK, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2009Anish Kapoor,The Royal Academy, London, UK Solo
2008Blood on Paper- the Art of the Book, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UKGroup
2008Anish Kapoor: Memory, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany Solo
2008 For What We Are About To Receive, Gagosian Gallery, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2008Anish Kapoor, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY Solo
2008 Place-No Place: Anish Kapoor in Architecture, Royal Institute of British Architects, London, UK Solo
2008 Anish Kapoor, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium Solo
2008 Anish Kapoor, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South KoreaSolo
2008 In-I Akram Khan and Juliette Binoche,National Theatre, London, UK Solo
2007Anish Kapoor – Svayambh, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France Solo
2007Anish Kapoor. Works on Paper, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY Solo
2007 Anish Kapoor, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China Solo
2007 Anish Kapoor – Svayambh, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany Solo
2006 Sky Mirror, Rockefeller Center, (Public Art Fund), New York, NY Solo
2006 Anish KapoorLisson Gallery, London, UK Solo
2006My Red Homeland, CAC Malaga, Spain Solo
2006Anish Kapoor, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA Solo
2006Anish Kapoor, Ascension, BBCC, Rio de Janeiro Solo
2005Japanese Mirrors, SCAI, Tokyo, Japan Solo
2004Whiteout, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY Solo
2004Melancholia, MAC Grand-Hornu, BelgiumSolo
2004Anish Kapoor, Massimo Minini Gallery, Brescia, Italy Solo
2004Cloud Gate, Chicago Millennium Park, Chicago, IL Solo
2003 Painting, Lisson Gallery, London, UK Solo
2003UntitledKukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea Solo
2003UntitledGalleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy Solo
2003Idomeneo, Glyndebourne (set design) Solo
2003My Red Homeland Kunsthaus, Bregenz, Austria; National Archaeological Museum, Naples, Italy Solo
2002Anish Kapoor, Marsyas, 3rd Unilever Commission for the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, UK Solo
2001Taidehalli, Helsinki, Finland Solo
2001Barbara Gladstone, New York, NY Solo
2000 Blood, Lisson Gallery, London, UK Solo
2000 Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA Solo
2000 Taratantara, installation, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, London; Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples, Italy Solo
2000 Blood Solid, fig-1, London, UK Solo
2000 The Edge of the World, permanent installation, Axel Vervoordt Kanal, Wijnegem, Belgium Solo
1999UntitledScai The Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan Solo
1999 Museé d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France Solo
1998Untitled Hayward Gallery, London, UK Solo
1998UntitledBarbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1998Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery, London, UK Solo
1996UntitledKunst-Station St Peter, Cologne, Germany Solo
1996Untitled Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy Solo
1995UntitledLisson Gallery, London, UK Solo
1995UntitledDe Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands Solo
1994Echo, Kohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya, Japan Solo
1993UntitledBarbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1993UntitledTel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel Solo
1992/1993UntitledSan Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA Solo
1991 Anish Kapoor, Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany Solo
1991UntitledCentro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, organized in cooperation with The British Council Solo
1990/1991 Le Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France Solo
1990/1991 Anish Kapoor Drawings, Tate Gallery, London, UK Solo
1990Anish Kapoor, XLIV Biennale di Venezia, British Pavilion, Venice, Italy Solo
1986UntitledKunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway Solo
1986Anish Kapoor: Recent Sculpture and Drawings, University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA Solo
1986UntitledBarbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1985Untitled Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland Solo
1984Untitled Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1982UntitledLisson Gallery, London, UK Solo
1980UntitledPatrice Alexandre, Paris, France Solo