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Anish Kapoor (Indian, b.1954)
LOT ID: 73399
Svayambh, 2007

Digital Print, in aluminum electrical light frame
18 х 23 х 1 in. (45.72 x 58.42 x 2.54 cm.)
Signed, and numbered
Edition of 80
Lot description
This display print in an aluminum electrical light frame is a still from Anish Kapoor’s sculptural work, ‘Svayambh’, which was first presented as part of the 2007 Biennale estuaire at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France. The work was made up of a 1.5 meter carved block of red wax that slowly moves throughout the gallery space along sloping rails, leaving traces of the red wax in the doorways. Overtime, the work began to deteriorate, leaving behind more pieces of the wax throughout the gallery. Seemingly about memory, the wax becomes part of the infrastructure, while simultaneously consumes the walls and objects of the museum, making them part of the work.

Anish Kapoor, born in 1954 in Banswara, India is a London based sculptor and Royal Academician. His pieces are characterized by simple curved forms that evoke mystery through their large size, dark cavities, and monochromatic bright colors. His sculptures often have reflective facades that invite touch and a second glance. Kapoor frequently covers his pieces with powder pigment that he allows to dust the floor surrounding the objects made of solid quarried stone. Kapoor’s sculptures play with themes of duality including earth/sky, matter/spirit, lightness/darkness and male/female. Anish Kapoor has rocked the art world with his abstract sculptures that dissect form, shape and space simultaneously. One of Kapoor’s sculptures entitled “Cloud Gate” is a 110-ton silver structure that resides in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. His mid-career retrospective was featured at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 2008 and he has a forthcoming exhibition "Memory" at the Guggenheim, New York, in October 2009.
Svayambh by Anish Kapoor
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