lives and works
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.