Gladstone Gallery is pleased to announce a special
exhibition of works on paper by artist Anish Kapoor. Known for
sculptures in which the union between organic forms and sensual
materials verges on the sublime, Kapoor continues to map a spiritual
terrain demarcated by a plastic vocabulary of voids, vessels, circles,
and squares. Recently, his monumental pieces such as Marsyas, a Tate
Unilever commission, Cloudgate, a permanent sculpture in Chicago’s
Millennium Park, and Sky Mirror, a Public Art Fund project in New York
City, have continued this conceptual program, though these prodigious
works continue to be rooted in the exploration of shape, color, and
line found in his works on paper.
gouaches have been an integral aspect of his practice from the start,
and in them the viewer can discern the forms and colors that dominate
his sculptural works. Rigorously working the surface of the paper,
Kapoor’s dense compositions recall myth, biology, and emotion. The
figures that whirl across the surface or emerge from thick layers of
gouache seem to be almost primeval, like Ur-signs speaking directly to
innate human passions. Blood-red tendrils and black voids appear and
reveal a darker, more intimately charged presence, as if these highly
textured surfaces are the very corporeal tissues of the psyche.
Kapoor’s works on paper remain exuberant in their expressive nature,
exploring the more rough-hewn and chaotic side of his fascination with
the sublime. Unlike the voids in his sculpture that descend into the
depths of forms, the almond-shaped oblongs that appear in many of his
gouaches have a presence that seems to radiate outward; though, like
the sculptures these figures hold a similar consuming thrall over the
Anish Kapoor, born in
1954 in Bombay, India, has lived and worked in London since 1973. Solo
exhibitions include Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; CAPC
Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux; Centro Galego de Arte
Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela; Hayward Gallery, London; Schirn
Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Fondazione Prada, Milan; DePont Foundation,
Tilburg; Kunsthaus Bregenz; and Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples.
In 1990 he was awarded the Premio Duemila for representing Great
Britain at the Venice Biennale, and received the Turner Prize in 1991.
In the fall of 2007, Kapoor will be the subject of a retrospective at
the Haus der Kunst in Munich, and in early 2008 the Institute of
Contemporary Art, Boston, will mount an exhibition of his works. Kapoor
has been commissioned to create a stone monument in New York’s Hanover
Square for the British Memorial Garden, commemorating the British
victims of 9/11.