Svayambh, Anish Kapoor via The Guardian
Currently on show at London’s Royal Academy is a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential sculptors of our time, Anish Kapoor. The 1991 Turner Prize winner’s work has taken over the main galleries of the Museum and serves as a survey of his entire body of work to date, as well as introducing the viewer to new and previously unseen pieces.
Anish Kapoor via The Royal Academy
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Shooting Into the Academy [The Wall Street Journal]
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Shooting into the Corner, Anish Kapoor via The Royal Academy
A large canon firing Napoleonic wax at regular intervals onto a white wall, named Shooting into the Corner, serves as a centerpiece to this major exhibition. With the relentless repetition of the firing action, the wax will build against the walls and the floor of the gallery throughout the show, and therefore the work is set to evolve throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Anish Kapoor with his sculpture, Yellow via The Guardian
Greyman Cries, Shaman Dies, Billowing Smoke, Beauty Evoked via The Royal Academy
Another highlight is the monumental Svayambh (the title is taken from the Sanskrit word meaning “self-generated”) a large piece of wax that moves imperceptibly on sunken rails throughout the galleries leaving a residue in its wake. This monumental work was first created for the Musee de Beaux Artes, Nantes (France) in 2007, on this occasion Svayambh has been tailored specifically to the architecture of the Royal Academy’s main galleries and therefore reflects Kapoor’s keen exploration of sculptural works that actively participate in their own formation.
Svayambh, Anish Kapoor via The Royal Academy
Further to this is the enormous rusted vessel Hive that is being exhibited for the first time ever and ends the show. This immense sculpture is one that the London Economist have described as so powerful it would be worth the price of admission even if the rest of the gallery were bare.
Hive, Anish Kapoor via daylife.com
Yellow, Anish Kapoor via The Royal Academy