“Artists don’t make objects. Artists make mythologies” Anish Kapoor
Anish Kapoor is one of the most widely celebrated artists working today. He is perhaps most famous for his public sculptures that include Cloud Gate (2004) in Chicago, Orbit (2012) at the London Olympic Park and Ark Nova (2013) in Japan, architecturally scaled works that are both adventures in form and feats of engineering.
Kapoor has received a plethora of prestigious awards. He represented Britain at the 44th Venice Biennale in 1990 with Void Field (1989), for which he was awarded the Premio Duemila for Best Young Artist and went on to win the Turner Prize in 1991. He has received honorary fellowships from the University of Wolverhampton, the Royal Institute of British Architecture, an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford and the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government - India's third-highest civilian award. In 2013 he was awarded a Knighthood for services to the visual arts.
Kapoor took part in the Unilever Commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, creating Marsyas (2002), an immense PVC skin that stretched through the hall. Its voids and protrusions summoned up deep-felt metaphysical polarities of presence and absence, concealment and revelation, integral themes throughout Kapoor's work.
Solo exhibitions of his work have been held across the globe, including a 2009 solo exhibition at the Royal Academy - as the first living British artist to take over the gallery - which became the most successful exhibition ever by a living artist held in London. Kapoor currently has solo exhibitions at Houghton Hall in Norfolk and an upcoming solo exhibition at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.