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10 Things you should know about Anish Kapoor
A closer look 02 Feb 2018

10 Things you should know about Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor

Cloud Gate, 2004

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 Mumbay, India on March 12, 1954. He is a British contemporary artist from India.

Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor


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


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

Anish Kapoor

1000 names, 1984


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

Anish Kapoor


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. 

Anish Kapoor

Marsyas, 2002


Anish Kapoor

Sky Mirror

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.

Anish Kapoor


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

Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor’s gallerist in New York, Barbara Gladstone


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 :

Anish Kapoor

1st Body, 2012 



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


Anish Kapoor

Installation, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2012


Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Shooting in the corner, 2009


sky mirror Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Sky Mirror, 2006 


Anish Kapoor

Tarantara, 1999


Anish Kapoor

Untitled, 1990, (Turner Prize, 1991)