Intimate Dimensions

Anish Kapoor at Sabancı Museum Istanbul

 

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What is characteristic of Kapoor’s work is his unlimited ability to constantly reinvent the language of art, both in its monumental and in its intimate dimensions, and the many dualities which come to light in his search for aesthetic effects both in perfection and in chaos. His creations are made of natural and artificial materials. They serve Kapoor’s endlessly inventive and suggestive pursuit of abstract metaphor. Some of the works to be shown in the exhibition in the Martin-Gropius-Bau are described briefly below:
The use of paint pigments has been a regular feature of Kapoor’s work since the 1970s. In “White Sand, Red Millet, Many Flowers” (1982), for example, he draws inspiration from the land of his birth: India. Objects reminiscent of the decorative elements in Indian temples or Buddhist stupas have been covered with thick layers of gleaming pigment powder in red, yellow and black.

In Anish Kapoor’s universe there are many black holes. One of the highlights of documenta IX was Kapoor’s room “Descent into Limbo” (1992): In the middle of a walk-in cube a seemingly bottomless black hole opened up in the floor and literally dragged the viewer into itself.

Istanbul Sabancı Museum, from 10 September 2013 to 5 January 2014

Sabancı Cad. No:42 Emirgan 34467 İstanbul

See also the wizard of forms at Sense of  Time

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