Among the many and varied pieces on show at this year’s New York Frieze Art Fair were several works by Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor. Kapoor, who has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since beginning his career, had three pieces on show, under the representation of the Lisson Gallery.
The sculptor has received acclaim for his geometric aesthetic and focus on material and texture, as evidenced by his 1991 Turner Prize winning piece Untitled. Although he started out with smaller-scale, intensely detailed works, he later began to experiment with size—his Marsyas sculpture filled the entire Turbine Hall of London’s Tate Modern. ArcelorMittal Orbit, a hulking steel structure that will be the official Olympic Tower for London 2012, beat out work submitted by artistic luminaries such as Anthony Gormley.
Three striking sculptures were beneath the big white tent on Randall’s Island over the weekend: Untitled 2010, Untitled 2012, and Moon Shadow, 2005. All three were reminiscent of much of Kapoor’s earlier work: Moon Shadow with its undulating red pigmentation, Untitled 2012 with its broad metallic concave expanse, and the sulfur yellow Untitled 2010 with its sheer scale, taking up an entire section of the wall.
The Lisson Gallery made an astute curatorial decision to intersperse Kapoor’s elemental structures with high-tech, “sound” based items by Haroon Mirza. The contrast certainly emphasized the primal elements of Kapoor’s pieces.
Kapoor’s work is also on display in a solo show at the Barbara Gladstone Gallery on 21st Street and will run until June 9.