Anish Kapoor at MCA

As part of Sydney’s International art series and supported by Destination NSW, the first major solo exhibition of world celebrated sculpture artist Anish Kapoor is now on show at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art of Australia (MCA) from 20th December 2012 till 1st April 2013.

Anish Kapoor 1000 Names, 1979-80 wood, gesso, pigment. Image courtesy and © the artist

Anish Kapoor 1000 Names, 1979-80 wood, gesso, pigment. Image courtesy and © the artist, Photo Zhou M.Y.

According to MCA, some of the highlights in the exhibition include “1000 Names (1979-80), his early powdered pigment geometric sculptures; Void (1989), a large deep blue sculpture that changes from a convex to a concave form depending on your position; one of the artist’s most ambitious works, the 24-ton Memory (2008) which completely fills one of the MCA’s spacious galleries as if squeezed between the white walls; and the monumental My Red Homeland (2003), which replicates the role of the artist. In this enormous circular sculpture, a large motorised steel blade slowly cuts a course through 25 tons of red wax, endlessly dissecting and re-shaping it into new forms.”

Anish Kapoor at MCA

Anish Kapoor at MCA

Anish Kapoor Void, 1989 fibreglass, pigment. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Dave Morgan

Anish Kapoor Void, 1989 fibreglass, pigment. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Dave Morgan

Anish Kapoor was born in Mumbai, India and has been living and working in London since the 1970s. His commissioned work Cloud Gate (2006) for the Millennium Park in Chicago has been acclaimed as “the most popular public artwork in the world.” And his major public art commission Orbit is on permanent exhibition as the official London 2012 Olympics monument.

Anish Kapoor at MCA

Anish Kapoor at MCA

Anish Kapoor at MCA

Anish Kapoor at MCA

Anish Kapoor at MCA

Anish Kapoor at MCA

Anish Kapoor Memory, 2008 installation view, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin 2009 Cor-ten steel. Image courtesy the artist and Deutsche Guggenheim © the artist. Photograph: Mathias Schormann

Anish Kapoor Memory, 2008 installation view, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin 2009 Cor-ten steel. Image courtesy the artist and Deutsche Guggenheim © the artist. Photograph: Mathias Schormann

Kapoor’s major solo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2009 was considered to be “the most successful ever presented by a contemporary artist in London.” In the interview which coincided with this monumental exhibition, Kapoor made an statement which provided us with some insights into his artistic process.

I am not involved…but of course I was involved. I chose the red, I made the process, but then I try to leave it alone. The process reveals all it needs to reveal. In a way I feel like not to try to say something and to let it occur. And that’s true of most works in the show.

I made a work myself and try to pursue an idea. Perhaps when one got a lot to say, there is less room for the viewer. And what I am concerned to do is “actually I got nothing to say, nothing much to say anyway, or as little to say as possible” and let the viewer find that space themselves. And maybe that’s the process that has something to do with engagement.

Anish Kapoor, Sky Mirror, 2006, installation view, Kensington Gardens, London, 2010-11, stainless steel, image courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery © the artist, photograph: Dave Morgan

Anish Kapoor, Sky Mirror, 2006, installation view, Kensington Gardens, London, 2010-11, stainless steel, image courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery © the artist, photograph: Dave Morgan

Anish Kapoor is very outspoken of the artists’ freedom of speech. He recently produced and acted in a Gangnam style music video in support of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei for his dilemma with the Chinese Government. The video is also in response to an earlier Gangnam style music video that Ai produced and released himself in November 2012 which was taken off the internet by the Chinese government within 24 hours.

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