Art@Site Anish Kapoor Untitled Scandinavia

Anish Kapoor



Tjuvholmen Sculpture Park, Oslo
Art for a gentle touch
In this artwork lays a cavity in a flat area. What could this be? Is this a belly-button or a dimple in a cheek? In this case the artwork is part of a huge sculpture, which is perhaps 70 feet tall. That would be amazing.
No, this artwork doesn’t have a concrete subject. I only see diagonal lines in the corners, which don’t make much sense to me. But beyond that, I don't see the details of the skin. I can’t see any details, like marram grass on the dunes. This is an abstracted work.
However, this is not an abstract object in a usually way, such as a square, a triangle or a sphere. I would say that this is the imprint of a sphere on a rectangular surface. But what is this surface?
Due to the uneven border, we know that this artwork is made of marble. The surface must been endlessly polished, giving it a velvety appearance. I have to suppress my inclination to feel the artwork by caress it with my fingertips.
Untitled by Anish Kapoor, is a fascinating and appealing artwork, of with the meaning is not self-evident to me.
By Theo,

Kunst om zachtjes aan te raken
Bij dit kunstwerk ligt een uitholling in een vlakte. Wat zou dit kunnen zijn? Is dit een navel of een kuiltje in een wang? Dan is dit kunstwerk onderdeel van een gigantisch beeld dat misschien wel 200 meter hoog is. Dat zou spectaculair zijn.
Maar nee, dit kunstwerk heeft volgens mij geen concreet onderwerp. Het enige concrete dat ik zie zijn diagonale lijnen in de hoeken. Maar verder zie ik geen details van een huid. Ik zie ook geen details zoals helmgras van een duin. Dit is een geabstraheerde vorm.
Maar dit is geen abstracte vorm waaraan je als eerste denkt, zoals een vierkant, driehoek of kogel. Ik kom uit op zoiets als de afdruk van een kogel op een rechthoekig oppervlakte. Maar wat zou dit voor oppervlakte zijn?
Door het onregelmatige randen weten wij dat dit kunstwerk van marmer is. Het oppervlakte moet eindeloos gepolijst zijn, waardoor het een fluweelzachte uitstraling heeft. Ik moet de neiging onderdrukken om het kunstwerk met mijn vingertoppen te strelen.
Untitled van Anish Kapoor is een intrigerend en aantrekkelijk kunstwerk, waarvan de betekenis voor mij niet duidelijk is.
Door Theo,
Anish Kapoor, Untitled
1997, Alabaster, 295 x 175 x 128 cm
Pioneering thought-provoking possibilities in the range and scope of contemporary sculpture, Anish Kapoor investigates the limits of mass, form, structure, and space. Whether working with Cor-Ten steel, stainless steel, or fiberglass to create monumental and technically sophisticated public sculptures, or showcasing intimate, terrene works that appear to be biomorphic mounds or geometric shapes variously emerging from floors, hanging from ceilings, or sprouting from walls, he has created a body of work that questions the universe’s polarities.
Eastern-inspired metaphysics, in which ideas and forms are often pared down to their simplest expression, is a thread throughout Kapoor’s oeuvre. This impulse toward minimalism results in an uncluttered space in which viewers can contemplate and meditate on his work. Kapoor manipulates natural and man-made materials in order to alter and complicate the surrounding space and distort viewers’ overall perspective on light, darkness, balance, mood, and visual perception.
Kapoor leaves the piece’s outer surface roughly hewn while the front-facing area is flat and highly polished. Kapoor saturated the sculptures’ cavities with colorful powder-based pigments. In contrast, Untitled leaves the alabaster in its natural state, allowing natural light to filter through and dance off the mineral’s iridescent surface. The dynamism of Untitled is engendered by Kapoor’s ability to create incredible physical geometry out of a sizeable stonework while still preserving the alabaster’s innate beauty, delicacy, and organic quality.
'The void is not silent. I have always thought of it more as a transitional space, an in-between space. It’s very much to do with time.'
The arist in conversation with Homi K. Bhabha in Exh. Cat, London, Hayward Gallery, Anish Kapoor, 1998, p. 35
Sir Anish Kapoor, CBE RA (born 12 March 1954) is an Indian sculptor. Born inBombay, Kapoor has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s when he moved to study art, first at the Hornsey College of Art and later at the Chelsea School of Art and Design.
He represented Britain in the XLIV Venice Biennale in 1990, when he was awarded the Premio Duemila Prize. In 1991 he received the Turner Prize and in 2002 received the Unilever Commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Notable public sculptures include Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park; Sky Mirror, exhibited at the Rockefeller Center in New York City in 2006 andKensington Gardens in London in 2010; Temenos, at Middlehaven,Middlesbrough; Leviathan, at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2011; andArcelorMittal Orbit, commissioned as a permanent artwork for London's Olympic Park and completed in 2012.
Kapoor received a Knighthood in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to visual arts. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Oxford in 2014.