Anish Kapoor

1954

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Quote, estimate and price of the artist Anish Kapoor

Average price of a sculpture: 2,700 – 1,000,000 €.

Estimate for a drawing: 4,800 – 71,000 €.

Artist’s status for the sale of a print: 890 – 38,000 €

Selling price of a painting by Kapoor: 21,000 – 1 100,000 €.

Influences and creations

Anish Kapoor is a British sculptor born on 12 March 1954 in Bombay, India, to a Hindu father and a Jewish mother from Iraq. He spent his youth in Bombay and then went to study at La Doon School.

Between 1971-1973, he went to live in a kibbutz in Israel. There he studied electrical engineering, but eventually changed his mind and decided to move to Great Britain in 1973 to devote himself to art. He studied at Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea College of Arts. He has been working and living in London since the 1970s. Anish Kapoor is famous for his creations that combine Western culture with his Eastern origins. Barnett Newman and Yves Klein have greatly influenced his work.

In the early 1990s, Anish Kapoor won awards on the international scene and can be cited in the same movement as Richard Deacon and Shirazeh Houshiary.

Anish Kapoor creates works that are relatively simple, curved and very colourful. He reflects on the surface of his work, wanting to engage the viewer’s interest. Early in his career, in his early works, we find the use of colour pigments that cover the entire creation right down to the surrounding ground. This practice is directly inspired by his native country with spices in markets and temples.

Later, Anish Kapoor will focus her creations on the spirit of duality: light/darkness, earth/sky, body/soul.

Orders and patenting

Since 1999, Anish Kapoor has been creating huge works that are exhibited in different cities in the UK and Norway. These include Taratantara, exhibited in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts in Gateshead (UK), Marsyas installed in a room at the Tate Modern (UK) and finally a stone arch by Kapoor is on the banks of the Lodingen River in Norway. In 2001 he created the Sky Mirror, commissioned by the city of Nottingham and in 2004 he delivered the Cloud Gate, a 100-ton sculpture placed in a park in Chicago.

Kapoor’s projects include a memorial for the British victims of the World Trade Center attacks, as well as the creation of a design for a metro station in Naples, Italy. Anish Kapoor has been the artist of major solo exhibitions all over the world, including London, Madrid, but also Ottawa, Canada. His works can be found in the world’s greatest museums such as MOMA in New York, the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Prada Foundation in Milan.

In February 2016, Anish Kapoor bought the patent for Vantablack, a variation of black that has the ability to absorb 99,965 per cent of light. He is the only artist to have bought the exclusive rights to a material to make art.

The Untitled creation, dating from 2003, sold for $3.8 million in 2008.

Recognising Kapoor’s signature

Like many artists, Anish Kapoor did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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