Anish Kapoor

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Sir Anish Kapoor
Kapoor in 2017
Born (1954-03-12) 12 March 1954 (age 69)[1]
NationalityBritish, Indian
EducationThe Doon School
Hornsey College of Art
Chelsea School of Art and Design
Known forSculpture
Susanne Spicale
(m. 1995; div. 2013)

Sophie Walker (m. 2016)
AwardsTurner Prize 1991
Praemium Imperiale 2011
Genesis Prize 2017

Sir Anish Kapoor CBE, RA (born 12 March 1954) is a British-Indian[2] sculptor. He was born in Mumbai.[3][4] He works in London. His most famous sculpture is the Cloud Gate, a bean-shaped sculpture in Grant Park, Chicago.

Honors[change | change source]

Kapoor won the Turner Prize and Premio Duemilia.[5]

In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Anish Kapoor.[5]

Black paint fights[change | change source]

Anish Kapoor is also famous for a fight with other artists about black paint. When scientists invented a material called "Vantablack", Kapoor made a deal with them: He bought exclusive rights. This means he paid the company that owned Vantablack to let him be the only artist allowed to use Vantablack in art. Vantablack could be used to paint something so black that a flat circle would look like a deep hole. Other artists were angry with Kapoor because they wanted to use this paint too. One artist, Stuart Semple, made other paints, for example "Pinkest Pink" and "Better Black", and wrote on his website that Kapoor could not have any. Anyone buying the paint had to promise not to give any to Kapoor. Kapoor got some Pinkest Pink anyway and put a picture of himself on Instagram.[6][7][8][9]

Artwork[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Töniges, Sven. "Anish Kapoor: Master of darkness at 65 | DW | 12.03.2019". DW.COM. Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  2. "I wouldn't have given up my Indian nationality but I had to be practical: Anish Kapoor". The Times of India. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  3. Wadhwani, Sita (14 September 2009). "Anish Kapoor". Archived from the original on 16 November 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  4. "Anish Kapoor". ArtSlant. Archived from the original on 28 April 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "UK queen knights Anish Kapoor". Times of India. June 15, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  6. "The 'blackest' black: How a color controversy sparked a years-long art feud". CNN. August 20, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  7. Truman Chambers (January 28, 2022). "The Vantablack Controversy: Anish Kapoor vs. Stuart Semple". The Collector. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  8. "Black 3.0: Anish Kapoor and the art world's pettiest, funniest dispute". August 9, 2019. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  9. Simon Rushton (August 4, 2019). "Turner prize winner Sir Anish Kapoor banned from art shop in row over blackest black and pinkest pink". iNews UK. Retrieved April 7, 2022.