Anish Kapoor

Nationality: British

Birth Year: 1954

Place of Birth: Bombay, India

Specialities: Contemporary Art

Biography

Anish Kapoor (1954 –)
Date of Birth: March 12, 1954
Place of Birth: Bombay, India 
Movement: Contemporary Art
Education: The Doon School, Dehra Dun, India; Hornsey College of Art, London; Chelsea School of Art, London
Quotes
“We live in a fractured world. I've always seen it as my role as an artist to attempt to make wholeness.”
“Sculpture occupies the same space as your body.”
“I think I understand something about space. I think the job of a sculptor is spatial as much as it is to do with form.”
“Red, of course, is the color of the interior of our bodies. In a way it's inside out, red.”
“There's something imminent in the work, but the circle is only completed by the viewer.”
“All ideas grow out of other ideas.”
“I am Indian, and I'm proud of it. Indian life is mythologically rich and powerful.”
Famous works:
“Marsyas” (2002)
“Cloud Gate” (2004)
“Sky Mirror” (2006)
“C-Curve” (2007)
“ArcelorMittal Orbit” (2011)
Sir Anish Kapoor is a sculptor and visual artist of Indian origin best known for his free-standing sculptures and installations. Kapoor was granted the knighthood by the British government in 2013 for his contributions to the field of visual arts. 
Early Life 
Anish Kapoor was born in the city of Bombay in 1954. His father was Hindu while his mother was of Jewish descent. Kapoor finished his schooling from the reputed Doon School in Dehradun, India and then left for Israel in 1971 to study engineering. However he encountered difficulty with mathematics and left the course after ten months. It was during this time that Kapoor made up his mind to become an artist. In 1973, Kapoor left for the U.K. to join the Hornsey College of Art. He later also attended the Chelsea School of Art in London.   
Career 
Kapoor came to the fore in the 1980s when his sculptures made from modest materials such as granite, marble and limestone began to be appreciated. He worked with simple curved and geometric forms, usually in monochrome or with the use of bright colors. Kapoor’s first high-profile show was at the New Sculpture group exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London in 1978. In 1982, Kapoor was chosen as an artist in residence by the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. 
Over the 1980s and the 1990s, Kapoor was commended for the interplay of matter and void in his artworks. During this time, he produced free-standing sculptures and larger-than-life installations. In 1987, he started working with stone. Kapoor’s sculptures are said to constantly converse with dualities, variously expressed as encompassing the un-conscious and conscious, invisible and visible, female and male, and the body and mind.    
In the mid-1990s, Kapoor started working with highly reflective surfaces such as stainless steel. This allowed him to encapsulate the viewer within an alternate reality. His ambitious works have actively endeavoured to transform the space that they sit within. Kapoor also added wax to his repertoire, evoking the feeling of flesh, blood and the body. 
In 2009, Kapoor became the first living artist to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. That year, he also became the first guest artistic director of the annual Brighton Festival, England's largest festival dedicated to the arts. 
Commissions
Kapoor has completed various commissions that adorn public spaces in various countries. Among the more famous is the ‘Sky Mirror,’ a large circular concave mirror made of stainless steel facing and reflecting the sky. It was first installed in 2001 outside the Nottingham playhouse, and has since been installed at various locations across the globe, such as the Kensington Gardens in London, the Rockefeller Center in New York, and the football stadium in Dallas in the United States.     
In 2010, a polished steel structure, titled “Turning the World Upside Down,” that resembled an hourglass or a two-headed drum, was installed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. In 2012, Kapoor's 376-foot tall sculpture, called “Orbit”, was installed at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London. It is the tallest sculpture in the U.K. and represented British art during the London Olympics that year. 
Kapoor has exhibited extensively across the globe. He received widespread appreciation when he represented Britain in 1990 at the Venice Biennale, winning the Premio 2000. He won the Turner Prize in 1991, and showed at the Documenta IX in 1992. In recent years, Kapoor has held various solo exhibitions at prestigious galleries such as the Tate Modern and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. He is not formally associated with a gallery and preferring to work independently. Kapoor currently lives and works in London. 
Timeline:
March 12, 1954 —
1973 - 77 Hornsey College of Art, London
1977- 78 Chelsea School of Art, London 
1990 Premio Duemila, Venice Biennale
1991 Turner Prize
1999 Elected Royal Academician
2011 Praemium Imperiale
2003 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
2011 French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
2012 Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour.
2013 Knighthood
Major Exhibitions:
2015 - Anish Kapoor Versailles, Château de Versailles (forthcoming)
2013 - Kapoor in Berlin, Martin–Gropius–Bau, Berlin
2011 - Leviathan, Monumenta 2011, Grand Palais, Paris
2010 
- Anish Kapoor, Delhi Mumbai, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Mehboob Studios, Mumbai 
- Anish Kapoor: Turning the World Upside Down; Kensington Gardens, The Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery, London
- Anish Kapoor, Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao
2009 
- Anish Kapoor: Shooting into the Corner, MAK, Vienna
- Anish Kapoor, Royal Academy, London
2002-03 - Marsyas, The Unilever Series: Anish Kapoor, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
1996-97 - Anish Kapoor, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne
1990 - Anish Kapoor, XLIV Biennale di Venezia, British Pavilion, Venice
1985 - Anish Kapoor, Kunsthalle, Basel 
Museums / Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, New York 
Tate Modern, London 
Israel Museum, Jerusalem  

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 Untitled (Void Cube) by Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor

Untitled (Void Cube)

Phillips, New York

May 15, 2015

$221,000  USD

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Anish Kapoor

Harbour

Phillips, New York

May 15, 2015

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Anish Kapoor

Harbour

Phillips, New York

May 15, 2015

$43,750  USD

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Anish Kapoor

Untitled (Blue Solid)

Sotheby's, New York

May 13, 2015

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Anish Kapoor

Untitled

Christie's, New York

May 12, 2015

$905,000  USD

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Anish Kapoor

Untitled (cube)

Christie's, New York

May 12, 2015

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Anish Kapoor

Blackness From Her Womb

Sotheby's, New York

May 1, 2015

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Anish Kapoor

Untitled

Sotheby's, Doha

April 21, 2015

$1,030,000  USD

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Anish Kapoor

Shadow

Phillips, New York

April 21, 2015

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News

Top 10 Visual Arts Exhibitions in Europe This June

By Rachel Will,Nicholas Forrest | May 29, 2015

With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to catch this month’s top visual art shows with two of our picks in an airy palace (Château de Versailles) and a well-manicured...

Lee Ufan and Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery in London

By Nicholas Forrest | March 27, 2015

Lisson Gallery in London has opened concurrent solo exhibitions by two of the world’s most influential and respected contemporary artists: Anish Kapoor and Lee Ufan. Both exhibitions feature new...

Marina Bay Sands Unveils New Sculpture by Anish Kapoor

By Darryl Jingwen Wee | July 8, 2014

SINGAPORE — Sky Mirror, a large-scale outdoor installation by world-renowned British artist and Turner Prize winner Anish Kapoor, was unveiled by Marina Bay Sands yesterday as the latest...

Making Friends, and Money, at the Dallas Art Fair

By Scott Indrisek | April 14, 2014

DALLAS — Texas is often a foreign land in the mind of many clueless New Yorkers, myself included, who likely picture the state as a never-ending conclave of wild-eyed Republicans threatening...

Absolut Kapoor Revealed At India Art Fair 2014

By Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan | February 4, 2014

Absolut Vodka, known for their collaborations with artists around the world, recently showed an exhibition called “Absolut Kapoor” at the India Art Fair 2014.  In association with celebrated...

Met Institute Named for Wintour, Kapoor's Blow-up Bandshell, and More

By Ashton Cooper,Benjamin Sutton | January 15, 2014

– Met Costume Institute Honors Wintour: The Metropolitan Museum’s famed Costume Institute, which is currently closed for renovations, will reopen in May with a new name — the Anna...

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SLIDESHOWS

Lee Ufan and Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery

By Nicholas Forrest | March 26, 2015

Events

Anish Kapoor: New Works

Mar 25 - May 9, 2015

Lisson Gallery, London

Lumineux! Dynamique!

Apr 10 - Jul 22, 2013

Grand Palais , Paris

Now It's Time: Recent Acquisitions

Nov 4, 2012 - Jan 2, 2013

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Anish Kapoor

Oct 25, 2012 - Feb 8, 2013

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

Anish Kapoor

Oct 10 - Nov 10, 2012

Lisson Gallery, London

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