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London and India
Doon School, Dehra Dun, India
Hornsey College of Art, England
Chelsea School of Art Design, England
Kapoor is primarily known for his sculpture, however he also makes drawings that are reminiscent of his three dimensional forms. Born in Bombay, he often utilizes over saturated powder pigments to cover his works and the floor around them. This practice is evocative of the soft mounds of colored powders found in Indian markets and temples to be used to spiritual cleansing and festivities. His signature works are the smooth, glossy curved forms. Their seductive form is at once concave and convex and reflect the viewer and the surrounding environment.
He is referencing minimalists of the 60s, which emphasize the relationship between artwork, viewer and site, but infuses the minimalism with color and a very specific form. The forms that he uses reach beyond traditional minimalism and confront the idea of simultaneous unity and duality, with shapes that are at once concave and convex. This speaks metaphorically to dichotomies inherent in life between earth/sky, male/female, body/mind, etc.
Kapoor has continued to produce larger and more ambitious works as his career progresses, formulating a strong relationship with architecture.
He won the Turner Prize in 1991 and represented Britain in the 1990 Venice Biennale. His work is in the Tate Modern in London, the MOMA in New York, Fondazione Prada in Milan, Guggenheim in Bilbao, and other museums and collections worldwide.
He has had several works commissioned around the world including Cloud Gate (2004) in the Millennium Park in Chicago, Tarantara (1999) in the Baltic Flour Mills in Gateshead, England, Marsyas (2002) in the Tate Modern in London.
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