LA///MUST SEE SHOW: ANISH KAPOOR AT REGEN PROJECTS
Following the amazing Yoshitomo Nara exhibition at Blum & Poe this January, LA is off to a bright year visually—despite the otherwise morbid outlook—with a show of new drawings by ANISH KAPOOR at REGEN PROJECTS in West Hollywood this month. The Turner Prize-winning London-based Indian artist is in fine form in this exhibition of medium and large-sized gorgeously pigmented gouache on paper abstract “drawings” that are meditative in both form and depth and a notable departure from his more visible sculptural and architectural projects of recent years. Of course writing about abstract art is like “dancing about architecture” and the show’s accompanying artspeak does a far better job of just that:
“Anish Kapoor’s work brings together the formal concerns of post-minimalism with an eastern spiritual sensibility and explores the relationship between physicality and transcendence. Each drawing is typically begun near the center of the paper and develops spontaneously. The drawings are direct expressions that stress the primacy of the mark and the hand of the artist. There is a raw, gestural, and visceral character on one hand and a sublime refinement and control on the other. Within these works there is a coexistence of opposites: a simultaneous play of glutinous and dry surface, negative and positive space, lightness and darkness, shadow and void, presence and absence, stasis and potential activity. This duality creates a tension between formalist structures and an engagement with deep metaphysical elements of philosophy. Space remains undefined as forms swirl and light alludes to the spaces beyond. The vivid and saturated colors illustrate Kapoor’s understanding that color has the ability to transform feelings and provoke emotions while being a physical presence unto itself. These drawings represent a more private and personal side of his practice. Symbolism and modernist abstraction coalesce and illustrate a movement beyond the decorative into the sublime.”
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