Anish Mirror Kapoor

Somewhat unexpectedly (but pleasantly unexpectedly) we now have relatives living in  in Chicago, so getting a post card like the above becomes inevitable from some moment. It seems that the folks from Chicago feel obliged to send a picture of their famous mirror mushroom (otherwise known as the Cloud Gate) to everybody in the world.

In a way, writing about the mirrors of Anish Kapoor was also inevitable for this blog. Kapoor have already created  so many of them, and many of them are so bizarre (and bizarrely beautiful), so it would be a shame to pass by. On the other hand, he indeed created SO many of them, that it’s very difficult to event start the writing, since the task seems insurmountable, at least in the scope of one posting (I tried to start once, but quickly give up) . And bear in mind, he keeps making more and more of them, non stop!

Therefore I decided to ‘split’ Kapoor into a few feasible chunks; so far it looks that the ‘Kapoor’ series will have three parts:

– The first (this one) will be a short posting serving as an intro to his mirror series; basically I want to tell about one book, Past.Present.Future., a quick but comprehensive enough a presentation of his works;

– The second posting will be about “all other mirrors” of him (that is, the mirrors that are not described in the above book, and that I’ve gathered from other sources;

– The third, the largest and the most complicated posting, will be about experiencing his mirrors: I visited a couple of his large exhibitions, and have bother personal accounts and observations of how other people encounter and interact with these ‘mirrors’.

So, today is just a short introduction to the Kapoor Mirrors.

I managed to miss – twice – the openings of his exhibitions in our vicinity, so I do not have own photo of the artist (and I had to use the one by someone else):

The story is Under Translation

Marsupial (2006)





Но по смыслу она не так далеко ушла от его же ранней работы про “схождение в ад”, и с точки зрения “interface & interaction” её “использование” зрителями тоже было очень похожим – хотя это стало, судя по всему, открытием и для самого Капура:

S-Curve  (2006)

Hexagon Mirror (2007)

 Ishi’s Light (2003)


PS: Later than I initially planned, but I wrote the posting about my own encounters with Kapoor’s mirros – see Mirror sculptures by Anish Kapoor


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