The Art Angle Podcast: Anish Kapoor on ‘Radical’ Art, China, and the Magic Paint Wars

In our latest podcast episode, artist Anish Kapoor discusses his historic slate of new exhibitions, art's relationship to politics, and more.

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Installation view of "Anish Kapoor" at Lisson Gallery in New York. Photo courtesy of Lisson.

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Already one of the world’s most renowned and visible artists, Anish Kapoor is entering new territory by opening multiple major exhibitions on opposite ends of the Earth within a few weeks of each other this fall. On October 25, he debuted twin shows of new work at Lisson Gallery’s two spaces in New York. And on November 10, he unveils a significant solo exhibition split between Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Taimiao Art Museum of the Imperial Ancestral Temple, making him only the second non-Chinese artist to show at the threshold of the Forbidden City.

In the midst of this historic whirlwind, Artnet News editor-in-chief Andrew Goldstein sat down with Kapoor inside Lisson’s New York headquarters to discuss his newest perception-defying sculptures, the relationship between his activism for human rights and his decision to exhibit in the heart of China, and the ongoing controversy around his work with “the blackest material in the universe,” Vantablack.

Listen below and subscribe to The Art Angle on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. Special thanks to Lisson Gallery for hosting this episode.


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