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Anish Kapoor - Royal Academy of Arts

Exhibition preview

A MAJOR solo exhibition of the internationally acclaimed artist and 1991 Turner Prize winner, Anish Kapoor, will be on display at the Royal Academy of Arts from September 26 to December 11, 2009.

Kapoor is regarded as one of the most influential and pioneering sculptors of his generation and is celebrated for works which enter into a profound spiritual engagement with the viewer such as the early pigment sculptures: 1000 Names (1979-80), Marsyas (2002) part of the Unilever Series at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, and Sky Mirror, installed at the Rockefeller Centre, New York in 2006.

This exhibition will survey Kapoor’s career to date as well as showcase new and previously unseen works. One of the highlights of the exhibition will be the monumental work Svayambh, (a Sanskrit word which roughly translates as “auto-generated”).

The work has the appearance of a vast mass of wax that moves almost imperceptibly on sunken rails leaving a residue in its wake as it traverses the breadth of Burlington House. This emblematic work reflects Kapoor’s exploration of sculptural works that actively participate in their own formation.

Another highlight of the exhibition is Shooting into the Corner (2009), which will be displayed in the Large Weston and Small Weston Rooms. A cannon will shoot projectiles of red wax into a corner at regular intervals. Relentlessly repeating this action, the work will evolve over the duration of the exhibition as the build up of wax takes on its own form against the walls and the floor of the galleries. The spectacle surrounding the firing of the cannon and the accumulation of the wax produces a work of extraordinary complexity and drama.

Also included in the exhibition will be a group of early pigment pieces, stainless steel reflective sculptures as well as newly created works, including a major new sculpture, which will be sited in the Anneberg Courtyard.

Born in India in 1954, Anish Kapoor studied at Hornsey College of Art, London (1973 – 1977) and at Chelsea School of Art, London (1977 – 1978).

Kapoor’s first solo exhibition was held at Patrice Alexandre, Paris in 1980. His internation reputation was quickly established with an array of solo exhibitions held in countries around the world. Kapoor represented Britain in the Paris Biennale in 1982, and again in 1990 at the Venice Biennale, for which he was awarded Premio Duemila. The following year he won the prestigious Turner Prize Award. Anish Kapoor has recently acted as Guest Artistic Director of the Brighton Festival 2009.

Kapoor was elected Royal Academician in 1999 and has been awarded Honorary Fellowships by the London Institute and Leeds Univerity (1997), University of Wolverhampton (1999) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (2001). He lives and works in London.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue published by Royal Academy Publications. This richly illustrated book traces Kapoor’s artistic development over a career spanning more than 30 years. Eminent scholars and critics explore the philosophical issues pertinent to his work and examine its place in the history of modern sculpture and in the context of contemporary practice.

Anish Kapoor Gallery

Admission: £12 full price; £10 Registered Disabled and 60+ years; £8 NUS/ISIC cardholders; £4 12-18 years and Income Support; £3 8-11years; 7 and under free.

Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm (last admission 5.30pm); Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm).

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD

Also at the Royal Academy of Arts: JW Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite and Summer Exhibition