Renowned sculpture Anish Kapoor makes a radical return to painting, in a vivid and visceral solo exhibition at the Lisson Gallery
“I think I am a painter who is a sculptor… For me the two things have somehow come together, so that I am making physical things that are all about somewhere else, about illusory space.” Anish Kapoor, interviewed in Art Monthly, May 1990
The new collection, demonstrates with ease the organic and uncontrived nature of Kapoor’s relationship and talent with his muse materials. Each piece bold and violently beautiful in their own right.
Seething silicone and rich pigment of bone white and blood red ooze into seductive sinews, vicious and carnivorous tendons and dripping fat. Evocative of the gore and realist/ humanist tones of Bacon and Rembrandt and yet of course reminiscent of Anish Kapoor’s own past fascination and experimentation with red wax.
But whilst, Kapoor’s bloodied paint pieces most certainly take pride of place in the exhibition, a concise collection of sculpture managed to sneak it’s way though. In the forms of luxurious pink onyx, smooth, mirrored gold and curved stainless steel. Showing that despite his return to his roots, the artist is certainly not decided on choosing one medium over the other.
Profoundly famous for his vastly varied , adventurous and intriguing outdoor pieces which twist and turn, reflect, and often defy gravity and all feats of engineering. Anish Kapoor is notably one of the most respected and influential sculptures of his generation. And while hundreds of his admirers, art lovers and giggling tourists may still pose for selfies alongside his ‘ArcelorMittal Orbit’ tower in London, or his mirrored ‘Cloud Gate’ in Chicago,….whether as a painter or a sculptor Kapoor’s work and new exhibition demonstrate how he continues to evolve, provoke, seduce and challenge, more than three decades since he first exhibited.
Words Tracy Kawalik
Photos by Tracy Kawalik