Anish Kapoor

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Anish Kapoor:

A Modern Day Mastermind

Tiffany Stephenson

Mr. Lancashire

Ceramics 1

19 February 2013

Anish Kapoor: A Modern Day Mastermind

Anish Kapoor, one of the greatest sculptors of our time, has created a name for himself by doing what he loves- creating masterpieces. Anish was born on March 12, 1954 in Mumbai, India. He wasn't always interested in becoming an artist; he moved to Israel in his early years to study electrical engineering. Kapoor became well-known in the 1980's with his biomorphic pieces. Since the early stages of his career Kapoor has used a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to create his wondrous works. His style has also changed throughout the course of his career and he has been influenced by various artists and concepts as well.

To begin with, Kapoor has used a variety of materials, tools, and techniques throughout the years. For example, his earlier pieces were typically made of granite, limestone, pigment, marble and plaster with biomorphic, or nature-inspired, techniques.

Kapoor later changed his style with pieces inspired by emptiness, consciousness, reality and illusion, etc. Around this time Kapoor also began using stone by creating holes and so making it look porous. In the 90's Kapoor began experimenting with materials like wood, fiberglass, as shown in his piece titled 'When I Am Pregnant' made in 1992, and different types of metals like stainless steel, bronze, and even aluminum. In the late 90's Kapoor began working with materials like resin and wax, both of which are used in many of his most recent sculptures. Kapoor uses materials like foam to create a porous look in resin, and has even used cannons to shoot pigmented wax into a corner at one of his gallery shows. Kapoor's techniques have not changed much throughout the course...