Known mainly for his work as a sculptor, high-profile commissions such as his London 2012 Olympic Orbit tower have made him a household name. His 2009 Royal Academy show was one of the most talked about of recent years; a wax boulder coursed through the RA rooms, while a cannon fired molten wax at the white walls. He is no stranger to red splodges.
But, before all the hubbub, Kapoor was a painter first and foremost – he has had a 'long engagement' with the medium. This Lisson show will mark a return to these painterly roots.
The show addresses the idea of space – 'physical things that are all about somewhere else'. We'll find explorations of interiority and exteriority and the psychological states that accompany the movement of bodies.
Kapoor's art focuses on space; he has said he makes 'physical things that are all about somewhere else'. This new exhibition addresses interiority and exteriority, the psychological states that accompany the movement of bodies in space and their proximity to these indefinable objects.
But the meaning is fluid. In fact, you can make what you like of his art. When we met him at the opening of his Lisson exhibition two years ago, he said that he tries to leave his work open. 'To allow space for joy, or beauty, or death, if people want to see it there.We live in terrible times and the viewer brings that into the gallery.' In other words – I just made it because I couldn’t not make it. You decide what it’s about.
|What||Anish Kapoor exhibition, Lisson Gallery|
|Where||Lisson Gallery, 52-54 Bell Street, London, NW1 5DA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Edgware Road (underground)|
25 Mar 17 – 09 May 17, Open daily 10am–6pm, 11am–5pm om Sunda, Closed Monday 10am–6pm Tuesday 10am–6pm
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