Blue Solid, 2006-2007
Aluminum and lacquer paint
32 x 92 cm in diameter
Edition of 8

artist profile

Anish Kapoor



lives and works

London, UK


Hornsey College of Art, London, UK, 1973–77
Chelsea School of Art and Design, London, UK, 1977–78

about the artist

To survey the works of Anish Kapoor is to delve into an assortment of illusory experiences. Uniformly smooth, often reflective, surfaces on precisely designed shapes that curve in unexpected ways generate deliberate distortions, which in turn manufacture contemplative spaces and transcendental encounters. Seamless unions of Eastern spirituality with Western modernism, Kapoor’s sculptures levitate, radiate, engulf, recede, reverse, vanish, and, at last, transform. A British sculptor of Indian descent, Kapoor has been honored with an unparalleled set of international accolades and official achievements, among them the Turner Prize in 2002; the Premio Duemila at the Venice Biennale of 1990, at which the artist represented Britain; the Praemium Imperiale in Japan; and the Padma Bhushan in India. Many catalogues documenting his large-scale solo exhibitions and monographs surveying his vast body of work have been published. One-man shows of his work have taken place at institutions such as the Tate Gallery in London, UK; the Royal Academy of Art also in London; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Tel Aviv, Israel; the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, Germany; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain; and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, USA. Finally, Kapoor has completed a great number of public commissions as well as public art projects—many of his monumental works are found erected on museum grounds or installed in international landmarks. 


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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanawaza, Japan

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Arts Council England, London, UK

Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand

British Council, London, UK

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, USA

Contemporary Art Society, London, UK

De Pont Foundation, Tillburg, Holland

Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, USA

Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy

Fukuoka City Museum, Japan

Fundacio Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Heide Park and Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Kloster Schoenthal, Basel, Switzerland

Leeds City Art Gallery, UK

Moderna Galerija, Ljublijana, Slovenia

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Musée St. Pierre, Lyon, France

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, USA

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, USA

Queensland Art Gallery-Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo, Holland

Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea

San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA

Tate Gallery, London, UK

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada

Weltkunst Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland

Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany