Anish Kapoor

Sans titre, 1984

Anish Kapoor
Sans titre
Dimensions and medium
Mixed media and pigment, Dimensions variable
Artwork description
When Anish Kapoor travelled to his native India in 1979, he rediscovered the country’s architecture, philosophy, mythology and art. To this day, the artist’s practice embodies these influences and reflects the meeting point between the cultural traditions of East and West. Seduced by the flamboyantly coloured powders left at the entrances of Hindu temples, Kapoor began to coat his sculptures in pigments of pure colour, the meanings of which vary from one work to the next: for example, red is a symbol of masculinity, black of destruction and creation. In Sans titre, 1984, four polystyrene forms covered in pure pigment evoke elements from the natural world. Echoing each other in colour and shape, they create a network of complex associations that shift in relation to the viewer’s position. Their placement on the floor or wall suggests the union of material and spiritual worlds and demonstrates the artist’s interest in what is both separate and whole. Kapoor works have a strange, almost immaterial presence. Their luminous surfaces invite our touch and stimulate our desires.

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