Anish Kapoor: shooting into the corner

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Peter Noever
Hatje Cantz, 2009 - Art - 197 pages
Widely admired for his artfully shaped mounds of vibrantly colored powder pigment, Bombay-born, London-based sculptor Anish Kapoor won the Turner Prize in 1991. Since the 1970s, Kapoor--through poetically abstract works in materials as diverse as stone, steel and glass--has explored the themes of spirituality and transcendence, a preoccupation that has its roots in his native India. This volume introduces three performative wax pieces, unlike any he has previously produced: a technician loads a nine-foot-long cannon, which sends a 40-pound blood-red wax blob shooting into the corner. The resulting trace has been described as "a giant gunshot wound." Also included is an essay by Vito Acconci, and published together here for the first time are Kapoor's works in wax from 1992 to the present and his print work from 1987 onward, enabling a closer exploration of the interplay between painting and sculpture in his oeuvre.

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About the author (2009)

Anish Kapoor is known for his geometric or biomorphic sculptures made from the highly reflective surface of polished stainless steel, notably "Cloud Gate" in Chicago's Millennium Park. Born in Mumbai, Kapoor lives and works in London.

Peter Noever is C.E.O. and Artistic Director of the MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna.

Conceptual artist Vito Acconci is known for his work in performance and video art.

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