The Print Collection
Anish Kapoor (b. 1954)

Anish Kapoor  is a British-Indian sculptor specializing in installation art and conceptual art.  He was educated in India as a boy, and moved to London in the early 1970s, where he has lived and worked ever since. Anish Kapoor is best-known in the US for his large-scale public sculpture, Cloud Gate (2004-06), AKA “The Bean,” situated in Chicago’s Millennium Park. 

Although he works primarily in sculpture, Kapoor does also sometimes make prints which are tangentially related to his sculptures.  One of his notable print series is “12 Etchings”. These etchings illuminate a core aspect of Kapoor’s practice – the interaction of color and form. While some etchings seem purely abstract, others hover between abstraction and figuration. “Amoebic shapes bring to mind images of primordial shape-shifting cells. Different forms and structures bounce off each other in an interplay that creates a feeling of depth and fluidity. There is, in these etchings, a distinct sense of movement, of form not arrested, but perhaps morphing arbitrarily into new shapes. Their physical presence elicits a tactile response, as Kapoor playfully uses color, contrast and light intensity to achieve a plastic corporeality. Soothing blue has a calming effect in some, whilst the use of energetic red in others adds a bodily and sexual element, insinuating blood, the womb and the female sexual organ”. (Paragon Press, publisher of the series)

Anish Kapoor - Untitled from 12 Etchings

Etching, 20 ½” x 26” each, portfolio of 12 prints