Anish Kapoor: Memory
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Assistant Curator of Asian Art Sandhini Poddar discusses the concepts behind Memory (2008), a voluminous, ovoid-steel installation piece conceived by Anish Kapoor for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. The possibility of creating a single work for these distinct and constrained exhibition spaces presented a challenge to the artist, whose work is characterized by large, site-specific installations. Kapoor elaborates on his choice of material and Memory’s unusual layout, which deflects and reroutes viewers through different gallery entrances, preventing them from experiencing the piece all at once and testing the phenomenology of space. This fragmented quality forces visitors to instead bring their own meaning to the work, an idea that is central to Kapoor’s understanding of the role of the viewer in abstract art.
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