ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS OF HIS GENERATION RETURNS TO LONDON:
Anish Kapoor has just opened a major exhibition of new work at Lisson Gallery London. Taking place from 31st March until 6th May, the show explores the affective nature of painting from the multiple perspectives of Kapoor’s varied working practice. His art evinces overlapping dimensions, at once image and object, illusion and representation, substance and skin, surface and depth.
The exhibition debuts three large-scale, amorphous, hybrid forms that exist somewhere between paintings, sculptures and anamorphic objects. These signal an important development into sculptural objecthood from the expressive silicone ‘paintings’ that premiered in the artist’s last London show two years ago.
The exhibition features work further exploring the shift between two and three dimensions, including a pair of red stainless steel mirrors – employing different types of reflectivity – as well as a number of significant gouache works on paper made over the past six years.
The show also foregrounds a maroon-red palette of colours, darkening to an earthy black, continuing his interest in the interior void and the ‘dirty corner’ of the world’s material and psychic realities. Even his concave polished mirrored works are here complicated by a coating of hazy matte colour with a seductive satin surface, which blurs and softens the reflection of space including the viewer.
A rare presentation of recent works on paper sees Kapoor utilising paint to a similar, visceral effect. Ranging from the apocalyptic and abstract to transcendent and gestural, the leap from paper to object is palpable without these works being containable as drawings or studies towards larger pieces.
Anish Kapoor has been represented by Lisson Gallery since 1982, making this his sixteenth exhibition here. The gallery is now celebrating 50 years of working with artists and putting together extraordinary exhibitions.
In May, Kapoor will also be presenting his celebrated installation “Descension”, a perpetual black whirlpool, in Brooklyn Bridge Park, as part of the Public Art Fund’s 40th anniversary celebration in New York. Born in Mumbai, India in 1954, Anish Kapoor lives and works in London.
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