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Born in 1954 in Bombay (now Mumbai), Anish Kapoor moved to London in the early 1970s. He received a BA in fine art at Hornsey College of Art and an MA in fine art at the Chelsea School of Art and Design. Kapoor studied under Paul Neagu, a Romanian-born artist who was instrumental in helping Kapoor articulate a cross-cultural artistic vision that would be a lasting foundation for his career.

Kapoor first came to wider attention in the group exhibition New Sculpture (1978) at the Hayward Gallery, London. The show featured several artists who were a part of the New British Sculpture movement, which broke from the Minimalism and Post-Minimalism of previous generations and instead infused art with postmodern viewpoints that include merging high and low art forms, using new technologies in unconventional ways, and greater recognition of cultural diversity.

A sculptural innovator, Kapoor is particularly known for his unexpected use of terrene materials such as limestone, granite, dirt, concrete, and colorful pigment, along with his ability to create engaging environments that inspire a meditative, poetic experience. Kapoor fashions largely monochromatic and deceptively simple works that challenge ideas of rationality and perception through the interplay of curvilinear forms, reflective surfaces, and size. His works are grounded in Eastern metaphysics and often serve as evocative statements of perception, spirituality, the body, the mind, as well as yin-and-yang dualities inherent in nature.

In the mid-1990s his works became more ambitious in scale, and he began exploring industrial materials such as PVC, fiberglass, and steel. In creating larger, monumental works, Kapoor began to integrate his sculpture and installations more fully within the surrounding environment. Shown at the Tate Modern, London, Marsyas (2002), a sinuous, hollowed-out, blood-red stretched membrane that has three tuba-like openings, spanned the entire length of the 3,400-square-foot Turbine Hall, and Dirty Corner (2011), a nearly 200-foot tubular steel structure installed at the Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, also dominates and envelops its venue.

Kapoor has completed several commissioned public installations, such as his first permanent site-specific installation in the United States, Cloud Gate (2004), which is commonly known as the “Bean,” in Chicago. Among other public works, he created Sky Mirror (2006) in New York, Cinema di Terra (2009) in the Parco Nazionale del Pollino in southern Italy, and Leviathan (2011) at the Grand Palais in Paris. He has received numerous international awards and honors, including the Premio Duemila, Venice Biennale (representing Britain, 1990); Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London (1991); and Praemium Imperiale, Japan Art Association (2011).

In 2003 he was given the title of Commander of the British Empire and in 2011 Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Commissioned by and presented at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Memory (2008–09), a 24-ton Cor-Ten steel tank traveled to the Guggenheim Museum in 2009. Kapoor has also had solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2008); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2009); National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (2010); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2010); and the École national supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris (2011). Kapoor lives and works in London..

Anish Kapoor: Uluru & Kata Tjuta Photographs

Ed. Steidl, 2019

ISBN 978-3958292604

Daniel Buren & Anish Kapoor

Maretti Editore, 2018

ISBN 978-8898855940

Anish Kapoor. MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma

Manfredi Edizioni, 2017

ISBN 978-8899519360

Anish Kapoor

Gagosian Gallery, 2017

ISBN 978-1938748424

Anish Kapoor chez Le Corbusier : Couvent de La Tourette, 2015 / 13e Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon

B Chauveau, 2015

ISBN 978-2363061584

Symphony for a Beloved Sun: Anish Kapoor

Verlag Der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, 2013

Anish Kapoor: Le spiritual dans l’art

Pu Rennes, 2013

ISBN 978-2753517820

Anish Kapoor/Objects

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, 2012

ISBN 978-8985468398

In the shadow of the tree and the knot of the earth: Anish Kapoor

Lisson Gallery, 2012

ISBN 978-0947830380

Bhabha, Homi K., Anish Kapoor

Flammarion, 2011

ISBN 978-2080200839

Leviathan : Anish Kapoor, Grand Palais, Paris - Monumenta 2011

REUNION DES MUSEES NATIONAUX edition, 2011

ISBN 978-2711859153

Anish Kapoor: Dirty Corner

Skira, 2011

ISBN 978-8857210612

Anish Kapoor: Flashback

Hayward Pub, 2011

ISBN 978-1853322884

Anish Kapoor: Turning the World Upside Down in Kensington Gardens

Walther König/Koenig Books, 2011

ISBN 978-3865609168

Anish Kapoor

Phaidon Ed. 2010

ISBN 978-0714859064

Anish Kapoor. Shooting into the corner

MAK Ed, 2009

ISBN 978-3775723824

Anish Kapoor, Memory

Deutsche Guggenheim, 2008

ISBN 978-0892073863

Anish Kapoor: Svayambh

Prestel Ed. 2008

ISBN 978-3791339689

Anish Kapoor: Past, Present, Future

Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art, 2008Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art, 2008

ISBN 978-0262026598

Anish Kapoor: My Red Homeland

: Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, 2006

ISBN 978-8496159372