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Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery

Lisson gallery in London presents the latest work of Anish Kapoor – marking 30 years of collaboration between Lisson and the renowned artist. The collection of artworks fill both the gallery’s spaces on bell street – providing a comprehensive exhibition of Kapoor’s most recent creations.

"Kapoor is well known for work that spans large-scale, brightly colored or biomorphic installations which caught the attention of the contemporary art world in the 1980s."   Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery anish kapoor lisson gallery london 1

Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Perhaps most famous for public sculptures that are both adventures in form and feats of engineering, he manoeuvres between vastly different scales, across numerous series of work.

"Kapoor is well known for work that spans large-scale, brightly colored or biomorphic installations which caught the attention of the contemporary art world in the 1980s."   Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery anish kapoor lisson gallery london 2

"Kapoor is well known for work that spans large-scale, brightly colored or biomorphic installations which caught the attention of the contemporary art world in the 1980s."   Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery anish kapoor lisson gallery london 3

Immense PVC skins, stretched or deflated; concave or convex mirrors whose reflections attract and swallow the viewer; recesses carved in stone and pigmented so as to disappear: these voids and protrusions summon up deep-felt metaphysical polarities of presence and absence, concealment and revelation.

"Kapoor is well known for work that spans large-scale, brightly colored or biomorphic installations which caught the attention of the contemporary art world in the 1980s."   Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery anish kapoor lisson gallery london 4

"Kapoor is well known for work that spans large-scale, brightly colored or biomorphic installations which caught the attention of the contemporary art world in the 1980s."  Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery anish kapoor lisson gallery london 5

"Kapoor is well known for work that spans large-scale, brightly colored or biomorphic installations which caught the attention of the contemporary art world in the 1980s."  Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery anish kapoor lisson gallery london 6

Forms turn themselves inside out, womb-like, and materials are not painted but impregnated with colour, as if to negate the idea of an outer surface, inviting the viewer to the inner reaches of the imagination. Kapoor’s geometric forms from the early 1980s, for example, rise up from the floor and appear to be made of pure pigment, while the viscous, blood-red wax sculptures from the last ten years – kinetic and self-generating – ravage their own surfaces and explode the quiet of the gallery environment.

"Kapoor is well known for work that spans large-scale, brightly colored or biomorphic installations which caught the attention of the contemporary art world in the 1980s."  Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery anish kapoor lisson gallery london 7

There are resonances with mythologies of the ancient world – Indian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman – and with modern times, where 20th century events loom large.

"Kapoor is well known for work that spans large-scale, brightly colored or biomorphic installations which caught the attention of the contemporary art world in the 1980s."   Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery anish kapoor lisson gallery london 8

"Kapoor is well known for work that spans large-scale, brightly colored or biomorphic installations which caught the attention of the contemporary art world in the 1980s."   Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery anish kapoor lisson gallery london 9

The Lisson gallery exhibition reveals elements of these earlier concepts but also for the first time a new compendium of earth works in varied compositions.

"Kapoor is well known for work that spans large-scale, brightly colored or biomorphic installations which caught the attention of the contemporary art world in the 1980s."   Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery anish kapoor lisson gallery london 10

"Kapoor is well known for work that spans large-scale, brightly colored or biomorphic installations which caught the attention of the contemporary art world in the 1980s."   Anish Kapoor: Earth Works and Floating Bowls at the Lisson Gallery anish kapoor lisson gallery london 11

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