Anish Kapoor has installed five new sculptures at Scai the Bathhouse, Tokyo. This is the third time Kapoor has exhibited his sculptures at the Japanese contemporary art gallery. Although from Mumbai, India, Scai’s location prompted Kapoor to draw inspiration from Japanese craft, and to collaborate with an urushi lacquerware artist.
Kapoor favors vibrant reds and metallics in various media, and displays his works both in museum collections and as public art. Kapoor was awarded the Turner Prize in 1991, and the next year became the first Indian-born artist to represent the UK in the Venice Biennale. “I work with red because it is the colour of the physical, of the earthly, of the bodily. I want to make body into sky. This is a fundamental transformation and somewhat mysterious.”
And further, “…The shiny might be a modern sublime, which is fully reflective, absolutely presents, and returns the gaze,” Kapoor explained of his aesthetic in 2007.