Blood Relations

Anish Kapoor

Archive Exhibitions (10 April to 1 May 2009)
For the 2009 Brighton Festival, Fabrica worked alongside several other venues across Brighton and Sussex to show a total of seven pieces of work by artist and Guest Artistic Director of the festival, Anish Kapoor. Two works were chosen by Kapoor for exhibition at Fabrica: Blood Relations, a collaboration with novelist Salman Rushdie, and 1000 Names 1979-80. Music Boxes, a piece developed by Kapoor and composer Brian Elias, was originally intended to be shown at the exhibition but was later left out of the exhibition by the artist.
Anish Kapoor is renowned for creating sensual, enigmatic sculptural forms. His inventiveness and versatility have produced collaborations with composers, choreographers and sound artists. His works range from small powdered pigment pieces to gigantic installations such as Marsyasfor the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, and Cloud Gate, his building-sized, polished steel sculpture for the AT&T Plaza, in Chicago, USA.

Whilst his portfolio of works is diverse, the themes that preoccupy him are consistent. He explores what he sees as universal polarities: presence and absence, the solid and the intangible, inside and outside.

Anish Kapoor was born in Bombay in 1954 and has lived in London since the early 1970s when he studied at Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art & Design.

Over the past twenty years he has exhibited extensively in London and all over the world. His solo shows have included venues such as Kunsthalle Basel, Tate Gallery and Hayward Gallery in London, Reina Sofia in Madrid, CAPC in Bordeaux and most recently Haus der Kunst in Munich. He has also participated internationally in many group shows including the Whitechapel Art Gallery, The Royal Academy and Serpentine Gallery in London, Documenta IX in Kassel, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Jeu de Paume and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Anish Kapoor was awarded the ‘Premio Duemila’ at the Venice Biennale in 1990, the Turner Prize Award in 1991 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the London Institute in 1997 and a CBE in 2003. He is represented by the Lisson Gallery, London, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York and Galleria Continua and Galleria Massimo Minini, Italy.

About The Artist

Sir Anish Kapoor (born 12 March 1954) is a British-Indian sculptor specializing in installation art and conceptual art, born in Mumbai.

His notable public sculptures include Cloud Gate (2006, also known as "The Bean") in Chicago's Millennium Park; Sky Mirror, exhibited at the Rockefeller Center in New York City in 2006 and Kensington Gardens in London in 2010; Temenos, at Middlehaven, Middlesbrough; Leviathan, at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2011; and ArcelorMittal Orbit, commissioned as a permanent artwork for London's Olympic Park and completed in 2012. In 2017, Kapoor designed the statuette for the 2018 Brit Awards.

An image of Kapoor features in the British cultural icons section of the newly designed British passport in 2015. In 2016, he was announced as a recipient of the LennonOno Grant for Peace.

Kapoor has received several distinctions and prizes, such as the Premio Duemila Prize at the XLIV Venice Biennale in 1990, the Turner Prize in 1991, the Unilever Commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government in 2012, a knighthood in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to visual arts, an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Oxford in 2014. and the Genesis Prize February 2017 as a Jewish person.

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