If you ask people whether they like Anish Kapoor's The Orbit, the opinion will be divided into two. There are those who hate it and calls it an eyesore. For me, it took some time to form an opinion - I had to interact with it a few times when I visited the Olympic park and found out how I have appreciated it more each time.
The Orbit is colossal and it towers above you like a menacing figure. The architectural complexity of the piece alone should be given merit but I think part of the charm of The Orbit - and Anish Kapoor's large-scale art works - is that they invite you to Kapoor's world of illusion; you as a viewer have no choice but to react to the space/illusion he provides. Sometimes, it is not even a question of liking or hating his piece, it is a question of immersion - of being part of the whole ensemble.
Art Dog from Beyond the Frame blog has already warned me that the present RA Summer Exhibition is a bit of a ho-hum. But still, I came to see it with my favorite gallery buddy B who, fortunately was a member of RA and thus could bring me along without paying the usual fee. The Coloring Book sculpture by Jeff Koons was there to greet me and what was specially striking was its vibrant colours and apparent transparency which seemed to uplift the traditional and conservative RA courtyard. I am glad that Mr Koons is still creating intriguing works of art until today.
Inside the show, the first thing that struck me was the hanging sculpture of Antony Gormley and Tony Cragg´s sculpture but B led me to other rooms first and told me to save the best for last. There were several rooms of paintings from amateur Read More »
A friend of mine will take a few days off work just to visit Paris and see Anish Kapoor´s Leviathan, a monumental balloon sculpture at the Grand Palais in Paris. There are no pangs of envy but I wish I had cheap Eurostar tickets just to pop in for a day. But my internship days are not yet over, and I´m unfortunately not yet in the position to splurge in the name of art.
Every year, the French Ministry of Sculpture picks an artist for the Monumenta series, an exhibition to explore the architectural space of Grand Palais. This year they picked Indian-born British-Artist Anish Kapoor who responded with this challenge by creating a temporary-inflated sculpture made of PVC material that is 35 meter tall and filling up at least 13,500 square meters when inflated. Read More »