Art – The contemporary art of Anish Kapoor

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British sculptor of Indian birth, Anish Kapoor was one of a generation of British-based sculptors who became established in the international arena during the 1980s and is prominent among his contemporaries for the quality of hermetic lyricism that permeates his work. He has acknowledged a bearing on his art of both Western and Eastern culture.

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Boca do Lobo loves the powerful spiritual and mythological resonances of his sculptures arise in part from frequent return visits to India. Natural materials such as sandstone, marble and slate are impregnated with raw powdered pigment of vivid hues, thus enhancing a feeling of inner radiance.

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In the early 1990s he introduced a more enigmatic slant by boring holes in the flanks of standing stones, while in The Earth (1992; installed San Diego, CA, Mus. A.; Des Moines, IA, A. Cent.; Ottawa, N.G.; and elsewhere) a perfect circle was removed from the gallery floor to intimate the generative effect of negative space.

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In other works impressions of weightlessness stem from the skilled transformation of materials by an almost alchemical process; earth slabs coated with brilliant blue pigment become signs for sky and water.

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By imaginative combination of disparate materials in meditative structures, attention is focused on qualities of interior balance and well-being.

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Recently, Anish Kapoor has made a version of the Gangnam Style video to promote free speech. He performed a mass Gangnam Style video in support of Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident whose parody of Psy’s viral video was banned in China. Take a look!

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