Gallery Hopping: Anish Kapoor Debuts with Gagosian in Hong Kong

Next stop on the Asia tour.

Installation view,
Installation view, "Anish Kapoor" at Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Artworks ©Anish Kapoor.

Indian artist Anish Kapoor is to have his Gagosian debut and a Hong Kong debut at the same time, with a solo show that runs until November 5, 2016. The artist, continuing his Asia tour, also has a show on at the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, titled “Gathering Clouds.”

At Gagosian, Kapoor has created an environment of intimacy with works nestled in neat corners, or placed directly onto the floor, where the viewer can begin to feel a sense of familiarity with them. The sculptures primarily consist of curved mirrors, in stainless steel or aluminum, that distort the viewer’s reflection upon approach. In Vertigo (2006) the reflection is multiplied infinitely and within a warped architecture, fabricating the illusion that one has entered a surreal space: at once artificial, alchemical, and natural.

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Installation view, "Anish Kapoor" at Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Artworks © Anish Kapoor.
Installation view, "Anish Kapoor" at Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Artworks ©Anish Kapoor.
Installation view, "Anish Kapoor" at Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Artworks ©Anish Kapoor.
Installation view, "Anish Kapoor" at Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Artworks ©Anish Kapoor.

In Gossamer (2015), a piece of onyx is elegantly carved into an elongated ellipse, with a deep, inward-curving hole at the center—a Kapoor favorite—creating the illusion of a deepening void. The show also highlights Kapoor’s use of electric materials, minerals in rare hues, or highly polished metals.

Kapoor, born in Mumbai in 1954, lives and works in London. His recent shows have included a variety of international venues such as the Chateau de Versailles, France (2015); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2013); and the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center as part of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2015).


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