SIR ANISH KAPOOR


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Sir Anish Kapoor was born in Mumbai. He attended the prestigious all-boys boarding school The Doon School in Dehradun. In 1973, he left for Britain to attend Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art and Design. He went on to teach at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1979 and in 1982 was Artist in Residence at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. He has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s.

In 1980’s, he became known for his for geometric and biomorphic sculptures made using simple materials such as granite, limestone, marble, pigment, and plaster. In 1990s, he was acclaimed for his explorations of matter and non-matter, specifically evoking the void in both free-standing sculptural works and ambitious installations. In 1987, he began working in stone. His later stone works are made of solid, quarried stone, many of which have carved apertures and cavities, often alluding to, and playing with dualities.

Key attributes:

1. During his tenure, he has worked with stones, stainless steel, granite, limestone etc, thus making new explorations in the field, and giving hope to new artists and giving them the urge to take risks.

2. His notable public sculptures include Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Sky Mirror which is exhibited at the Rockefeller Center in New York City and Kensington Gardens in London, Temenos at Middlehaven and Leviathan, at the Grand Palais in Paris , hence establishing his stature and creating a realm for him in this field.

3. He has received a Knighthood in the 2013 Birthday Honors for services to visual arts. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Oxford in 2014. He also has been awarded with Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian order in 2012.

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