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)

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