Anish Kapoor Exhibition

Gladstone Gallery (Chelsea 24th Street)

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Gladstone Gallery announces an exhibition of new work by Anish Kapoor, marking the artist’s first show in New York in four years. Spanning both gallery spaces, this two-part exhibition demonstrates Kapoor’s ongoing exploration of the formal and conceptual framework that has informed his artistic practice for over three decades. In these new sculptural works, Kapoor brings together two major facets of his approach to the three-dimensional form, reflecting both the highly engineered and more organic processes within his oeuvre. At once austere and intimate, messy and refined, Kapoor’s work dually confronts and expands the basic nature of materiality and form.

For the gallery’s 21st Street space, Kapoor has created a site-specific, monumental Cor-Ten steel sculpture that assumes a looming, circular form. Rising above and extending around the viewer, the work transforms the environment, creating an acute awareness of spatial composition and the phenomenological experience of surface, scale, and shape. This new sculpture evinces Kapoor’s belief that to generate new art one must create new space, a theme he continually expands upon by playing with our perception of interior and exterior, reflection and depth. Like his stainless steel sculptures that use reflective surfaces to destabilize the distinctions between object and surroundings, Kapoor’s works in Cor-Ten steel also enfold the viewer into immersive and heightened encounters that capture the intersecting forces of the mind, eye, and body.

At 24th Street, Kapoor will present a multi-part installation comprised of twenty-two freestanding concrete sculptures. Formed by densely textured layers of poured concrete and mounted on wooden palettes, these heaping sculptures evoke the sensorial nature of materiality and mass. Intentionally employing materials that could not hold their initial shape, Kapoor let the pieces unravel to create new organic forms that hover between contemporary object and ancient entity. These works linger in a state between coalescence and collapse, a relationship that speaks to Kapoor’s ongoing interest in the idea of “objectness” and the incomplete nature of the sculptural form.



from May 05, 2012 to June 09, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-05-04 from 18:00 to 20:00


Anish Kapoor

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