Lisson Gallery are pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Anish Kapoor opening May 14th. This will be his first UK exhibition since the highly acclaimed Marsyas was commissioned for the Turbine Hall, as part of the Unilever Series for Tate Modern, in October 2002.
Renowned for his enigmatic sculptural forms, this exciting new body of work finds Kapoor continuing his exploration of metaphysical polarities: presence and absence, being and non-being, place and non-place, the solid versus the intangible.
As a continuum to his ongoing concerns with human existence and perception, Kapoor investigates the ephemeral nature of sight, and examines the role of the psyche in our interpretation of visual stimuli. Employing a broad spectrum of materials including powder pigment, light and amorphous reflective surfaces, he challenges the eye while engaging the viewer on a spiritual level. Demanding that we question our ability to distinguish between what we are shown, what we think we see, and what information the brain believes it has been given to process- he seems to question whether "seeing' is actually 'believing"? As with all of his work, the viewer is an intrinsic component of his sculptural exploration.
Although his work is perceived as solely abstract, Kapoor's practice is nonetheless centred very much on the human spirit- His sculpture uniquely attempts to re-open the "third eye", which, for most of us has been closed since childhood.
Born in Bombay, India, Kapoor was educated at Chelsea School of Art and has livcd and worked in the London since the early 1970's. He is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. His work has been exhibited world-wide and is held in numerous private and public collections including the Tate Collection, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Palacio de Vclazquez, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Text: Lisson gallery