10 Things you should know about… Anish Kapoor

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As usual, Artsper guides you through the work of the most important personalities in contemporary art. Today, 10 things you must know about Anish Kapoor.


Anish Kapoor was born in Bombay, India on March 12, 1954. He is a British contemporary artist of Indian origin.

In 1973, he decided to become a professional artist and moved to Great Britain, where he studied at the Chelsea School of Art and Design.

 The first pieces by Kapoor are in general quite simple, with curved forms and bright colors.

In the 90s, he started using the red wax so characteristic of his work, evoking blood, human flesh and transfiguration.

Since the late 1990s, Kapoor has been producing gigantic pieces such as Taratantara (1999), a 35-meter-long work that can be seen at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, or Marsyas (2002) in the turbine hall at Tate Modern, London. 

These recent works rely on reflective surfaces and mirrors, in the idea of offering the viewers a distorted image of themselves, such as Sky Mirror at the Rockefeller Center, (2006).

In 2003, he was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In 2011 he was the guest artist at Monumenta, and created Leviathan, an anxiety-provoking piece inviting visitors into a depressurized space.

He is represented in France by the Kamel Mennour Gallery and by the Gladstone Gallery in New York.

In 2013, according to the Artprice report, he was the 11th most expensive artist in the world, with a total of 12,284,940 € for 49 pieces sold, and a maximum reached at an auction of 1,120,145 €.

Overview :


1st Body, 2012



Svayambh, Performance In situ Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes, 2007


Installation, Musée d’art contemporain de Sidney, 2012


Shooting in the corner, 2009


Cloud Gate, 2004

Marsyas-Installation (1)

Marsyas, 2002


Monumenta, Léviathan, 2010


Sky Mirror, 2006


Tarantara, 1999


Untitled, 1990, (Turner Prize, 1991)

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