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Sir Anish Kapoor

(1954-), Artist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Indian-born British sculptor. Kapoor came to prominence during the 1980's and won the 1991 Turner Prize. His work combines elements of Eastern and Western cultures, making sculptures with both natural and man-made materials. His work takes scale as an important consideration. At Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art he created the 35 metre high Tratantra (1999) within the building during reconstruction and in 2002 installed a huge pvc structure stretched across the immense space of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Orbit, the tallest sculpture in the United Kingdom, was selected as the winning artwork for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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Sir Anish Kapoor, by Jillian Edelstein - NPG P1785

Sir Anish Kapoor

by Jillian Edelstein
archival pigment print, 10 May 2012
NPG P1785

Sir Anish Kapoor, by Jonathan Keenan - NPG x35188

Sir Anish Kapoor

by Jonathan Keenan
C-type colour print, 1989
NPG x35188

Sir Anish Kapoor, by Johnnie Shand Kydd - NPG x125686

Sir Anish Kapoor

by Johnnie Shand Kydd
bromide fibre print, 2002
NPG x125686

Sir Anish Kapoor, by Trevor Ray Hart - NPG x126336

Sir Anish Kapoor

by Trevor Ray Hart
digital C-type colour print, 2003
NPG x126336

'The British Council 70 Years at the Venice Biennale', by Julian Germain - NPG x132893

'The British Council 70 Years at the Venice Biennale'

by Julian Germain
archival inkjet print, 21 October 2009
NPG x132893


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