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Anish Kapoor: Memory

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Anish Kapoor: Memory

Contributions by Steven Holl, Christopher Hornzee-Jones, Henri Lustiger-Thaler, Sandhini Poddar, Gayatri Spivak, and David van der Leer
Published in 2008
128 pages, fully illustrated
Hardcover, 7 x 12 inches
English and German editions

Since the early 1980s, Anish Kapoor's investigations into objecthood, materiality, and gravity have explored the concept of the void, or "objects becoming space." His sculptures, installations, and public art test the phenomenology of space and have historically been characterized by intensely tactile or reflective materials—like colored pigments, wax, fiberglass, polished stainless steel and PVC—that resist any narrative reading. This volume documents Kapoor's 2008 commission for the Deutsche Guggenheim. Conceived as an intervention in the galleries that prevents any one complete viewing or experience of the work, and fabricated of Cor-Ten steel with industrial hinges and flanges exposed, the work tests the boundaries between sculpture and painting. It is considered in this volume through the lenses of philosophy, structural analysis, and postcolonial and architectural theory. In addition to ample color reproductions of the work itself, this volume includes preparatory sketches and architectural renderings.

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