Anish Kapoor - New Now London Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Kamel Mennour, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Building a minutely crafted oeuvre that orbits around notions of space, depth, and physical absorption, Anish Kapoor has created works that seem to retreat into the horizon, melt into the floor and disappear into the wall, disturbing perceived senses of physical and spatial reality. Sensual, poetic, and unsettling, Monochrome (Lilac), 2015, is emblematic of the artist’s body of circular concave structures that investigate the phenomenology of experience. Enticing the viewer into another dimension through an improbable marriage of form and texture, Monochrome (Lilac) liquifies all possible sense of reflection and plunges the eye into boundless depth, playing on the illusion of the sculpture’s sensual curvature. The matte and immaculate quality of the object demonstrates Kapoor’s commitment to eradicating all evidence of the artist’s hand through strict, geometric fabrication; a process akin to that of minimalist artists before him. Kapoor’s cycle of monochrome voids, begun in the 1990s, is at once intimate and imposing, implicating viewers as they become participants within the work’s undulating landscape. A wondrous example from the series, Monochrome (Lilac) exudes a soothing quality that functions as a mirror to the object’s physical smoothness.


Monochrome (Lilac)

signed and dated 'A. M Kapoor 2015' on the reverse
fibreglass and paint
90 x 90 x 48 cm (35 3/8 x 35 3/8 x 18 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2015.

£180,000 - 250,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £225,000

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Simon Tovey
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New Now

London Auction 11 April 2019