An icon whose spectacular works occupy a liminal space between sculpture, engineering and architecture, Anish Kapoor is one of the world’s most ambitious living artists.
The first living artist to take over the Royal Academy with a record-breaking blockbuster exhibition, the recipient of a Turner Prize, a knighthood, the LennonOno Prize for Peace, the $1 million Genesis Prize, an Oxford doctorate and the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honour, Anish Kapoor holds the rare status of an artist both revered by critics and overwhelmingly loved by the public.
From Chicago’s Cloud Gate to the London Olympic Park’s Orbit, the Rockefeller Center’s Sky Mirror to Paris’s Leviathan, Kapoor’s sculptures resonate with mythic significance, belonging to a tradition and a way of thinking that extends back to the great wonders of the world.
Whether creating powder works that appear to be submerged like icebergs beneath a gallery floor, or illusory crevasses made from Vantablack, the ‘blackest black’ paint ever invented, Kapoor’s ongoing investigations into form, colour and material playing subvert the laws of perspective, challenge our understanding of matter and non-matter, light and dark, and mind and body.
In this livestream, In Conversation event, he joins us to reflect on a life and career at the vanguard of contemporary art. It’s an unmissable opportunity to delve into one of the richest at work in any sphere of culture.