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Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Born in 1954 in Bombay, he has lived in London since the early 1970s. Over the past twenty years he has exhibited extensively with solo shows at venues including Kunsthalle Basel, Tate, Hayward Gallery, Reina Sofia in Madrid, CAPC in Bordeaux, Haus der Kunst in Munich. In 2009 he was the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in London, and in 2010 had his first major exhibition in India.

He has participated in many group shows internationally including those at Whitechapel Art Gallery, Serpentine Gallery in London, Documenta IX in Kassel, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Jeu de Paume and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He represented Britain at the Paris Biennale in 1982 and at the Venice Biennale in 1990, where he was awarded the ‘Premio Duemila’.

He won the Turner Prize in 1991 and received the prestigious Unilever Commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in 2002.  In 2011 he exhibited Leviathan as part of the Monumenta series at the Grand Palais, organised by the French Ministry for Culture and Communication.

Among his major permanent commissions is Cloud Gate (2004) for the Millennium Park in Chicago, Dismemberment Site I for the sculpture park The Farm, Kaipara Bay, New Zealand and Temenos in Middlesborough, unveiled in 2010, as the first of a series of large scale works for Tees Valley. Also in 2010 Kapoor was awarded the commission with Cecil Balmond for a permanent artwork for the London 2012 Olympic Park, Orbit.

He was awarded Honorary Fellowships by the London Institute and Leeds University (1997), University of Wolverhampton (1999) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (2001).  He was elected Royal Academician in 1999 and in 2003 was awarded a CBE . In 2009 he acted as Guest Artistic Director of the Brighton Festival, and in 2011 was awarded the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters and the Premium Imperiale.

Anish Kapoor is represented by the Lisson Gallery, London; Gladstone Gallery, NewYork; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Kukje Gallery, Seoul, SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo; Galleria Continua and Galleria Massimo Minini in Italy and Kamel Mennour in Paris.