Anish Kapoor | Lisson Gallery | 10 October – 10 November 2012


Lisson Gallery is proud to announce a major exhibition of new works by
Anish Kapoor. Spanning both the gallery’s spaces on Bell Street,
London, the exhibition marks 30 years of Lisson Gallery working
together with the Turner-prize winning artist and provides an in-depth
investigation of Kapoor’s most recent work.

The first living artist to be the subject of a solo exhibition at London’s
Royal Academy of Arts (2009), Kapoor was born in Bombay in 1954,
and first rose to prominence in the 1980s with his brightly coloured,
pigment-coated sculptures. The biomorphic forms of the seminal 1000
Names series soon became an iconic part of his extensive oeuvre,
heralding what was to become a three-decade long exploration of
colour, form and a fascination with dualities.

Later works saw larger-scale installations negotiating and negating
space, sometimes seeming to swallow the ground whole, at other times
collapsing in on themselves into a void, or creating a new space
hovering between the work and its viewer. Kapoor’s sculptures of the
past decade, often made of highly-polished metals including stainless
steel, gold, bronze and copper, warp and distort not only the viewer’s
vision of them, but the very landscape and environment in which they
are sited.

The mobility of Kapoor’s visual language has been matched by a
profound engagement with physical matter – both natural materials
including granite and marble, and man-made substances such as wax
and fibreglass. Kapoor proposes a complex dialogue between
extremes – the earthbound and the transcendental, the colourful and
the austere, entropy and the sublime.

Kapoor’s new Lisson Gallery exhibition presents several groups of
entirely new works created over the past year. On the one hand, he

takes his interest in the transcendental qualities of colour to new levels
of luminosity and independent existence. In parallel, he works directly
with materials and forms from the earth – mud, cement and metallic

Germano Celant aptly described Kapoor’s early work as representing a
“dialogue between spirit and matter, above and below, masculine and
feminine… the duality [in which] the energy of transformation and
evolution lies,” This description still holds true in his recent work, while
the new work shows the continuing richness of this artistic field of
perceptual enquiry for new ideas and forms.


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