Among the most influential sculptors of his generation, Anish Kapoor works in a wide variety of scales and formats, and in a range of media including pigment, stone, stainless steel, resin, wax, earth, and silicone. Over four decades, he has created a remarkably inventive and resonant body of work layered with artistic, cultural, and personal associations. Kapoor is well known for his site-responsive works, marrying a Modernist sense of pure materiality with a fascination for the manipulation of form and the perception of space. Hehas created a number of iconic public artworks, Chicago’s Cloud Gate (2004), for example, now a striking symbol for the city. Although the forms of his work are abstract, Kapoor’s public installations have often provoked responses and debates around cultural, social, and political questions. His 2015 exhibition at the Château de Versailles set off a national debate in France when it was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.
Kapoor’s talk at The New School accompanies Public Art Fund’s upcoming exhibition Descension, the artist’s viscerally arresting new installation. Sited at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, this massive, spiraling funnel of water suggests powerful and unseen forces, at once captivating and foreboding. Kapoor’s talk will focus on his long engagement with public space, reflecting on the creative, cultural and political dimensions of his practice.
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