Anish Kapoor Catalogue

Author(s): David Anfam


Anish Kapoor's sculptures are as mysterious as they are beautiful. Although they employ a wide range of traditional and non-traditional materials, their real subject is often immaterial and ungraspable: a chasm, a reflection, a column of air. Kapoor belongs to a generation of British sculptors (Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley) who revived sculpture by injecting it with new vitality, even playfulness, in the wake of Minimalism. It should come as no surprise, then, that he is one of the best-loved artists working today, the recipient of numerous international awards (including the Turner Prize) and the creative force behind some of the most popular public sculptures in contemporary art, including Marsyas in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall (2002) and Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park (2004).


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Johanna Burton, a critic and art historian, is on the faculty of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Her writing has appeared in a number of exhibition catalogues and magazines, including Artforum and Art Journal. In 2006 she edited Cindy Sherman, a collection of writings on the artist published by MIT Press. Donna De Salvo is Chief Curator and Associate Director of Programs at the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Until 2004 she was Senior Curator at Tate Modern, London, where she organized Anish Kapoor's Marsyas in 2002. She has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues, surveys and monographs, including Phaidon's Gillian Wearing. David Anfam is an art historian, critic and curator. His numerous publications include Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas - A Catalogue Raisonne (1998) and Abstract Expressionism: A World Elsewhere (2008). In 2007 he curated Bill Viola's Ocean Without a Shore for the 52nd Venice Biennale. Anfam is a member of the Advisory Board of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, and his awards include the Mitchell Prize for the History of Art (2000) and the Umhoeffer Prize for Achievement in Humanities (2009).

David Anfam masterfully interweaves the themes that run through the artist's work, including its relationship to space and the human body. Donna De Salvo visits Anish Kapoor in his studio to discuss process and scale. Johanna Burton provides a linguistic examination of the artist's work, shedding new light on a selection of his finest sculptures. The chronology portrays the artist's life in vivid detail, including historical photographs, quotes and a year-by-year biography. Throughout the book, full-colour photographs offer an exhaustive overview of Kapoor's work, from rarely-seen early performances and installations to his monumental recent sculptures.

General Fields

  • : 9780714843698
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : October 2008
  • : 280mm X 221mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Art styles: c 1960 -; Individual artists; Sculpture
  • : Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • : David Anfam
  • : Hardback
  • : 909
  • : 730.92
  • : 304