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Anish Kapoor

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

Anish Kapoor

Kapoor's "Sky Mirror" Debuts
(BBC News, September 20, 2006)

A magnified version of its twin at the Nottingham Playhouse, sculptor Anish Kapoor's dazzling Sky Mirror recently arrived at NYC's Rockefeller Center. The enormous stainless steel disc measures 33 feet across and weighs 23 tons. The mirror will remain at the site for six weeks before moving to another city. The colossal object fits in with the Bombay-born artist's other large-scale works, which include Marsyas , a steel and crimson PVC structure installed in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, and Cloud Gate , a stainless steel ellipsoid that rests in Chicago's Millennium Park. Kapoor has also been commissioned to create the centerpiece sculpture at a planned memorial garden near New York's Ground Zero to commemorate British victims of the 9/11 attacks.

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