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Anish Kapoor

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Anish Kapoor (b.1954) is one of the world's most prominent artists, as the creator of popular public sculptures around the globe—including Cloud Gate (2004, Millennium Park, Chicago), Mirror (2006, Rockefeller Center, New York) and Tarantara (1999-2000, Gateshead and Naples) — and the recipient of numerous international awards, including the Turner Prize (1991). This is the most extensive monograph ever published on the artist, covering more than 30 years of work and illustrated with hundreds of full-color images...

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Overview

Anish Kapoor (b.1954) is one of the world's most prominent artists, as the creator of popular public sculptures around the globe—including Cloud Gate (2004, Millennium Park, Chicago), Mirror (2006, Rockefeller Center, New York) and Tarantara (1999-2000, Gateshead and Naples) — and the recipient of numerous international awards, including the Turner Prize (1991). This is the most extensive monograph ever published on the artist, covering more than 30 years of work and illustrated with hundreds of full-color images of sketches and technical diagrams from his most ambitious projects. In a range of materials, from the traditional (alabaster, sandstone) to the high tech (polished steel, PVC), Kapoor's unique vocabulary of natural shapes and abstract forms has changed the course of contemporary sculpture. Anish Kapoor includes an extensive chronology covering the artist's life in detail and is illustrated with snapshots, sketches and ephemera, some never published until now.

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Editorial Reviews

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For over 30 years, this Indian-born, London-based Turner Prize-winning sculptor has brought a new vision to contemporary sculpture: using a great variety of materials to create both traditional and tradition-breaking works of art. This massive monograph, issued in tandem with the Guggenheim Museum's installation of Kapoor's Memory (10/09–3/10), covers the life and work in great depth and examines the techniques and vocabulary of this distinguished artist. Mysterious and abstract as Kapoor's concepts can appear, the works—ranging from Oblivion with its luminous blues to the ever-reflecting sphere of Turning the World Upside Down to the monumental red expanse of Dismemberment, Site 1 spread across the fields of New Zealand—evoke a response both physical and emotional, with the viewer at once outside the piece and within its confines. There is an excitement about the works that comes through in these essays by Anfam (Abstract Expressionism), Johanna Burton (curatorial studies, Bard Coll.), and others, reflecting the electrifying quality of the artist's view of space and our place in it. VERDICT Massive in content and weight (six lbs.), this is an important record of a major contemporary artist. Although it makes no claim to be a catalogue raisonné, it does include many early performance and installation works rarely seen, as well as Kapoor's current monumental sculptures.—Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714843698
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2009
  • Pages: 527
  • Sales rank: 307,115
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Anfam is an art historian and critic whose awards include the 2000 Mitchell Prize for the History of Art and The Umhoeffer Prize for Achievement in Humanities. Johanna Burton is a critic and art historian. She teaches the Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Donna De Salvo is Chief Curator and Associate Director of Programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Table of Contents

Works I 6

To Fathom the Abyss David Anfam Anfam, David 88

Works II 114

Namely, What Is Called Love Johanna Burton Burton, Johanna 162

Works III 174

Baltic Anish Richard Deacon Deacon, Richard 350

Works IV 352

Anish Kapoor in Conversation Donna De Salvo De Salvo, Donna 402

Works V 412

Chronology Matt Price Price, Matt 492

Exhibition History 506

Bibliography 511

Notes 516

List of Illustrated Works 520

Index 527

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