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14th May – 28th June 2003

Lisson Gallery are pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Anish Kapoor opening May 14th. This will be his first UK exhibition since the highly acclaimed Marsyas was commissioned for the Turbine Hall, as part of the Unilever Series for Tate Modern, in October 2002.

Renowned for his enigmatic sculptural forms, this exciting new body of work finds Kapoor continuing his exploration of metaphysical polarities: presence and absence, being and non-being, place and non-place, the solid versus the intangible.

Further to his ongoing concerns with human presence and perception, Kapoor investigates the ephemeral nature of sight, and examines the role of the psyche in our interpretation of visual stimuli. Employing a broad spectrum of materials including powder pigment, light and amorphous reflective surfaces, he challenges the eye while engaging the viewer on a spiritual level. Demanding that we question our ability to distinguish between what we are shown, what we think we see, and what information the brain believes it has been given to process, he seems to question whether ‘seeing’ is actually ‘believing’? As with all of his work, the viewer is an intrinsic component of his sculptural exploration.

Although his work is perceived as solely abstract, Kapoor’s practice is nonetheless centred very much on the human spirit. Expanding upon Minimalist concerns with the body, his work relies on the viewer’s individual associations to transform his spaces and it is their experiences that ultimately bring the work to life.

Born in Bombay, India, Kapoor was educated at Chelsea School of Art and has lived and worked in the London since the early 1970’s. He is one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work has been exhibited world-wide and is held in numerous private and public collections including the Tate Collection, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Palacio de Velazquez, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

In 1991 Anish Kapoor was awarded the coveted Turner Prize after winning the Premio 2000 in 1990. As his contribution to Documenta IX in 1992, he designed the building Decent into Limbo, while in the same year completing a large architectural work entitled Building for a Void, commissioned by Expo Seville. In February of 1999 the South Bank show featured Kapoor in a major full-length television profile.

For further information contact Michelle D’Souza on: 020 7535 0812
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