Anish Kapoor

The most comprehensive monograph on the celebrated sculptor

by David Anfam, with essays by Johanna Burton and Richard Deacon and an interview by Donna De Salvo


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Anish Kapoor's sculptures are as mysterious as they are beautiful. Although they employ a wide range of traditional and non-traditional materials, from alabaster to polished steel to vaseline, their real subject is often immaterial and ungraspable: a chasm, a reflection, a column of air. Kapoor belongs to a generation of British sculptors (Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley) who revived sculpture by injecting it with new vitality, even playfulness, in the wake of Minimalism. It should come as no surprise, then, that he is one of the best-loved artists working today, the recipient of numerous international awards (including the Turner Prize) and the creative force behind some of the most popular public sculptures in contemporary art, including Marsyas in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall (2002) and Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park (2004). This generously illustrated volume includes hundreds of artworks spanning Kapoor's long and celebrated career, as well as perceptive new essays by David Anfam and Johanna Burton and an insightful interview by Donna De Salvo.


Format: Hardback
Size: 280 x 221 mm (11 x 8 3/4 in)
Pages: 528 pp
Illustrations: 0 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714843698

David Anfam is a critic and art historian, as well as Commissioning Editor in Fine Art at Phaidon Press, London.

Johanna Burton is a critic and art historian based in New York. She teaches at the Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies at Bard College and is a regular contributor to Artforum.

Richard Deacon is a world-renowned British sculptor and recipient of the 1987 Turner Prize.

Donna De Salvo is Chief Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

"Well-designed and well-illustrated… The texts provide the backbone of what is […] a superior picture book."—Frank Whitford, The Sunday Times

"Impressive... Anish Kapoor... has the same sensual enticement as his sculptural works."—Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times

"Comes wrapped in blood-red plastic that recalls the wax currently coating the London Royal Academy’s walls and door frames for the artist’s blockbuster exhibition… [A] gorgeous pictorial record."—Siobhan Murphy, Metro

"Well-designed and well-illustrated… The texts provide the backbone of what is […] a superior picture book."—Frank Whitford, The Sunday Times

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