The key works of Anish Kapoor

“Material somehow always leads on to something immaterial”
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Anish Kapoor, To Reflect An Intimate Part Of The Red (1981)

1 / 12 Anish Kapoor, To Reflect An Intimate Part Of The Red (1981)

Anish Kapoor, Mother as Mountain (1985)

2 / 12 Anish Kapoor, Mother as Mountain (1985)

Anish Kapoor, It Is Man (1989-90) and Angel (1990)

3 / 12 Anish Kapoor, It Is Man (1989-90) and Angel (1990)

Anish Kapoor, The Artist's Studio (1995), London

4 / 12 Anish Kapoor, The Artist's Studio (1995), London

Anish Kapoor, Turning the World Inside Out II (1995)

5 / 12 Anish Kapoor, Turning the World Inside Out II (1995)

Anish Kapoor, (L-R), Untitled (1998), When I Am Pregnant (1998), White Dark III (1995), White Dark V

6 / 12 Anish Kapoor, (L-R), Untitled (1998), When I Am Pregnant (1998), White Dark III (1995), White Dark V

Anish Kapoor, (L-R), Untitled (1997), Untitled (1998), Making The World Many (1997)

7 / 12 Anish Kapoor, (L-R), Untitled (1997), Untitled (1998), Making The World Many (1997)

Anish Kapoor, Marsyas (2002)

8 / 12 Anish Kapoor, Marsyas (2002)

Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate (2004)

9 / 12 Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate (2004)

Anish Kapoor, Sky Mirror (2006)

10 / 12 Anish Kapoor, Sky Mirror (2006)

Anish Kapoor, Inwendig Volle Figur (2006)

11 / 12 Anish Kapoor, Inwendig Volle Figur (2006)

Anish Kapoor, Shooting into the Corner (2008-2009)

12 / 12 Anish Kapoor, Shooting into the Corner (2008-2009)


Born in Bombay, Anish Kapoor (b. 1954) has been based in London since the 1970s. He employs a distinctive set of materials — from the traditional (marble, bronze) to the high-tech (stainless steel, fibreglass) — to create sculptural abstractions that explore psycho-perceptual phenomena with the morphology of the human body. In its pursuit of the sublime and the uncanny, his work traces a historical lineage back through Abstract Expressionism to German Romantic painting and beyond.

In 1991 he was awarded the Turner Prize for his sandstone and pigment work Untitled - famously becoming one of the few Turner Prize winners to be awarded the prize when already a successful artist. Notable public commissions include Cloud Gate (2004), at the Millennium Park in Chicago (affectionately known as 'The Bean') and Sky Mirror (2001), outside Nottingham Playhouse.  

Turning the World Upside Down, a group of four of Kapoor's recent mirrored sculptures, will be dotted around Kensington Gardens, London (until 13 March 2011), reflecting and distorting the changing seasons and surroundings.


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