Anish Kapoor, Rectangle within a Rectangle, 2018
322 x 196 x 80 cm (126 3/4 x 77 1/8 x 31 1/2 in)
Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery
Large scale artworks of shape and colour, voids and protrusions, reflections and suspension are familiar characteristics of the sculptures by Sir Anish Kapoor.
London-based Kapoor employs a range of mediums, including stone, metal, mirror and wax, which he carves, moulds, shapes and shoots into interesting, eye-catching and pleasing forms.
His public sculptures, for which he’s widely known, include the stainless steel Cloud Gate (aka ‘The Bean’) in Chicago’s Millennium Park and the monumental twisted, tilted, red latticework – the part sculpture part observatory (and latterly part helter-skelter) - Orbit, which is installed in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London.
At over three metres tall, the commanding Rectangle within a Rectangle is a major recent work by Kapoor and one of the newest of this scale. In the summer of 2020, this powerful geometric piece will be presented at Houghton Hall, Norfolk.
In a solo presentation of Kapoor’s work, some 21 sculptures, as well as a selection of drawings and smaller works, will be on show across the grounds and inside the historic building – their design contrasting with, and challenging, the traditional, classical style of the stately home.
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Hedge, issue 58, pp54-59, August 2020