Mon, 24 May 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

An Evening With Anish Kapoor

In Conversation With Matthew Stadlen

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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.

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Anish Kapoor

Sculptor

Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. He is most famous for his public sculptures such as Cloud Gate (2004) in Chicago and Orbit (2012) in London. He represented Britain at the 44th Venice Biennale in 1990 and was awarded the Premio Duemila for Best Young Artist. He also won the Turner Prize in 1991, an honorary doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton in 1999 and Oxford in 2014. He was also awarded a CBE in 2003 and a Knighthood in 2013.

Matthew Stadlen

Broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host.

Matthew Stadlen is a broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host. Previously he was an LBC presenter, wrote The Matthew Stadlen Interview for the Telegraph and presented the TV series Five Minutes With and On The Road With for the BBC. He is a birdwatcher and photographer, and his book How To See Birds is out now. Twitter: @matthewstadlen