The Lisson Gallery has announced a major exhibition of new works by Anish Kapoor. The exhibition will be mounted in the gallery’s two spaces on Bell Street, London, and opens on 10th October. The exhibition, according to Lisson, is to celebrate 30 years of collaboration between the gallery and the artist.
The exhibition will include several groups of entirely new works created by Kapoor over the past year. The first living artist to be the subject of a solo exhibition in 2009 at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, Kapoor was born in Bombay in 1954, and first rose to prominence in the 80’s with his brightly coloured, pigment-coated sculptures. The biomorphic forms of the seminal 1000 Names series soon became an iconic part of his extensive oeuvre, heralding what was to become a three-decade long exploration of colour, form and a fascination with dualities. Kapoor’s new Lisson Gallery exhibition presents several groups of entirely new works created over the past year. On the one hand, he takes his interest in the transcendental qualities of colour to new levels of luminosity and independent existence. In parallel, he works directly with materials and forms from the earth – mud, cement and metallic pigments.
The Italian art historian, critic and curator Germano Celant aptly described Kapoor’s early work as representing a “dialogue between spirit and matter, above and below, masculine and feminine… the duality [in which] the energy of transformation and evolution lies,”. This description still holds true in his recent work, while the new work shows the continuing richness of this artistic field of enquiry for generating ever-new ideas and forms.
Anish Kapoor | Lisson Gallery
10th October – 10th November
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm
29 Bell Street, London
London NW1 5BY
52-54 Bell Street
London, NW1 5DA
Tel: + 44(0)20 7724 2739
Leviathan, 2011 Anish Kapoor PVC
Monumenta 2011, Grand Palais, Paris
Photo Dave Morgan
Courtesy the artist and Monumenta 2011, French Ministry for Culture and Communication
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