“Anish Kapoor”

Anish Kapoor shown for the first time at Gagosian in Hong Kong

As reported by Artnet, Anish Kapoor is exhibiting for the first time, until 5 November, at Gagosian in Hong Kong – a first for the artist in the city. The artist has created an intimate environment with works nestled in corners or placed directly on the floor. The sculptures are mainly composed of curved mirrors in stainless steel or aluminium, which distort vision and/or the spectator’s...

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VantaBlack or deepest black for Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor has obtained exclusive rights for the use of VantaBlack, a new material producing the “blackest black” according to its creators from the company Surrey NanoSystems. The artist wishes to use VantaBlack in his work and has managed to obtain exclusive rights for its use. The material absorbs 99.96 % of light directed towards it. This privatisation has ruffled the feathers of many artists. According to Christian Furr, no artist has ever had the monopoly of a material. Similar protests have been made by Indian artist Shanti Panchal who declared to India’s Telegraph: “I have not known of anything so absurd – in the creative world, artists, nobody should have a monopoly.” Anish Kapoor talked to Artforum about VantaBlack, saying: “When we imagine our own interiors, we have a sense that each of us carries a dark, inner, and quiet, or not so quiet, place within ourselves. To have that out there phenomenologically in the world is quite...

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Anish Kapoor at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, in Moscow, supported by the Lisson Gallery in London, is showing the first solo exhibition of works by Anish Kapoor which opened on 21 September 2015 and will run until 17 January 2016. The exhibition in Moscow will include four major sculptures from integral though distinct bodies of work in the artist’s sculptural language: voids; mirrors and the auto-generated. Rendered in pigment, steel and wax, the works epitomise Kapoor’s manipulation of matter to create a landscape and geology that is both other and sublime. The exhibition will be accompanied by the first monographic publication of Kapoor’s work in Russian and the artist will give a public talk in the Museum alongside the opening. Anish Kapoor was born in Bombay, India and has lived and worked in London since the 1970s. In 1990 he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale where he was awarded the Premio Duemila and in 1991 he won the prestigious Turner Prize. In 2009, Anish Kapoor was the first contemporary artist to have an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center opened in Moscow in November 2012. Construction of the museum is estimated to have cost $50 million. Vladimir Putin personally donated one month of his salary towards the construction of the...

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Kapoor’s Versailles Sculpture Vandalised for fourth time

Early October 2015, Anish Kapoor’s Dirty Corner, currently exhibiting in the garden of Versailles, in France, was vandalised for a fourth time. The word “blame” was etched into the gold leaves that were placed over the previous anti-Semitic phrases such as “SS Sacrifice Sanglant” (SS Bloody Sacrifice) which were scribbled over the piece of artwork in September 2015. Since its installation in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, Dirty Corner has been the target of several acts of vandalism, starting with yellow paint that was applied lavishly in June. After the summer things turned from bad to worse: in September, the trumpet was covered in anti-Semitic tags. When the graffiti was discovered, British artist Kapoor decided to leave the work as it is in the hope that the insults will become part of the work. However, the courts finally ordered that the tags be removed and the incriminated parts covered with black cloth. Kapoor responded by covering the tagging with gold leaves. Despite these precautions and security set up around the work, it continues to be a target for miscreants. In an interview with Le Figaro, Catherine Pégard, President of the public establishment of the Palace of Versailles, said she had received menacing letters. “This is an attack against Anish Kapoor, but also again the Palace of Versailles and against culture in general”, she stated. Hopeless of the situation, Kapoor has repeatedly requested that the State take measures to protect his work following the series of attacks. In a press release he explained that in an era “when works from all eras are being targeted by hatred”, it was his duty to “leave [his] sculpture at Versailles until the end of the...

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Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapor join activists in protest march for refugees

Artists Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei have joined together in a protest march for refugees alongside a group of activists in the United Kingdom. The protest, which took place in London and has gone viral on Instagram, is in support of refugees. The march went through the city of London, starting at the Royal Academy of Arts, and covered an area eight miles long. The artists carried grey blankets, which represented the needs of refugees worldwide who are seeking safety throughout Europe. Journalists and other protesters—which were nearly 100 in number, accompanied the two artists. Kapoor said of the march, “This is a walk of compassion, a walk together as if we were walking to the studio… Peaceful. Quiet. Creative… We are […] recognizing that those who leave their country and go on a journey across the water full of danger or who walk hundreds of miles across land are also making a creative act.” The artists plan on having several other protest marches in other cities and countries as a stand of solidarity with the refugees. It is no shock that the two artists, who have been surrounded by controversy of late, have become fast friends. Ai Weiwei himself faced visa issues coming into the UK, following a denial of a six-month visa request. Kapoor’s public sculpture Dirty Corner in Paris has recently been the target of vandalism by a group of...

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