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Anish Kapoor exhibition- what do you think?

Postby eganj1 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:09 am

Yesterday I went to London to see for myself the RA exhibition of work by this highly acclaimed artist.

The first piece is in the courtyard where you queue
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The first room had pigment sculptures
http://www.anishkapoor.com/works/galler ... /index.htm

http://www.anishkapoor.com/works/galler ... /index.htm

http://www.anishkapoor.com/works/galler ... /index.htm

Next room had 'Yellow' this is a large piece
http://www.anishkapoor.com/works/galler ... /index.htm

Shooting into the corner
basically a canon fires wax into the corner at regular intervals
http://supersweet.org/ArtBits/Exhibitio ... id-29.html

The next piece filled the enfilade of 3 rooms, basically it is a track with a huge block of red wax moving along it very slowly, and it has to move thru the archways, leaving it's mark as it goes
http://www.thelondonpaper.com/going-out ... al-academy

Hive
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/ ... =353446753

Greyman cries, Shaman dies, Billowing smoke, Beauty evoked
http://www.factum-arte.com/eng/artistas ... _cries.asp

Slug
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/news_images ... 4/p11a.jpg

Non objects
http://www.anishkapoor.com/works/galler ... /index.htm

Let me know what you think and i'll tell you my thoughts ;thumps;
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Re: Anish Kapoor exhibition- what do you think?

Postby minervacox » Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:50 am

Jill...I have decided I am tooooo much a traditonalist when it comes to art..I agree the body of artwork this man has produced is a monumentous amount of work and imagination...but to my poor uneducated mind I would rather see paintings by Garth Johnson, Carravagio, Borgereau, Becky Syroka, Marci B. I guess I just do not appreciate his type of "art". I do not care for most of the Picassos, and other "modern, cubist, contemporary, etc." artists either. To admit this for all the world to see will probably open Marci's proverbial ;canofworms; but I can't deny I really do not care for this type of art. Just my humble, closed minded opinion...
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Re: Anish Kapoor exhibition- what do you think?

Postby eganj1 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:20 am

Hi Minerva
i decided to post this because i knew it was a ;canofworms;
;thanks; for being honest. i hope we get lot's of opinions, I have deliberately not aired my opinion until i see what everyone else thinks, more from me :wave: later
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Re: Anish Kapoor exhibition- what do you think?

Postby marcib » Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:37 pm

Hi Jill,
Most of the links are showing.. ...

And MInerva: you said
Jill...I have decided I am tooooo much a traditonalist when it comes to art..I agree the body of artwork this man has produced is a monumentous amount of work and imagination...but to my poor uneducated mind I would rather see paintings by Garth Johnson,


I was ;roflmao: seeing you use " traditionalist " and Garth Johnson in the same sentence.. ( assuming we're talking about the same Garth ... my Pottery Liberation Front buddy who shoots paintball guns at plates ) ...

But I know where youre coming from.. I tend to like more realism myself although there is some abstract stuff that does appeal to me... and I even have a few pieces in my head I want to play with in the sort of abstract vein ..

As for Anish Kapoor, there are some pieces that I really kinda like ... The stacked sculpture one that Jill posted at the top of this thread... the one that looks like a huge silver beanbag...

http://www.anishkapoor.com/works/gallery/2004cloudgate/index.htm
There was also an intriguing round piece ... but a lot of it doesnt do it for me... BUT on the other hand, as much as I LOVE Bouguereau , there are pieces of his that leave me cold as well..

Some of Kapoor's stuff that I like:
http://www.anishkapoor.com/works/gallery/1985motherasmountain/index.htm

http://www.anishkapoor.com/works/gallery/2003ishislight/index.htm

http://www.anishkapoor.com/works/gallery/2008hereforalba/index.htm

I like the way the surroundings become part of the piece...what they reflect become as important as the piece itself.. and that its an ever changing image as a result...

....not as thrilled however with the moving train thing scraping through the red wax...

Also, since a lot of the impact of his work seems to depend on the sheer scale of the pieces , it may be that you cant really accurately " feel" the pieces without seeing them in person . All we get are fleeting impressions of the pieces.
Im interested to hear your thoughts, Jill , after having seen them in person ..
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Re: Anish Kapoor exhibition- what do you think?

Postby eganj1 » Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:29 am

I wanted to see this exhibition for myself , I said on PPIO a while back i didn't like Kapoor's work, but like marci said I had to see the scale of things and see if it changed my opinion of his work. As you all know i like some modern art, i certainly don't understand it all but i try to keep an open mind.
The piece with the silver balls was quite enticing, while queueing it kind of grew on me, the more you looked the more you saw and i was eager to see what was inside.

The first room had the pigment sculptures, the colours were pure and i liked the texture of the surface but no emotions were stirred, i did however want to kick the plinth to see if they would collapse like a sand castle. :wink3;

I thought the large yellow piece was amazing, at first i thought it was a painting like Albers Homage to the square and thought no big deal, then i realised it was a convex piece, then i thought it was concave and i had to keep on looking til i figured it out, it was fascinating and intriguing.

The red wax pieces were disturbing, the walls in the canon room looked like carnage had taken place, but not only that i felt it was an act of vandalism on a beautiful room and my biggest reaction was how are they going to clean this off. The moving one was slow and boring, all i could think was....... why!

The grey cement pieces looked like walls of poo, no other way to describe them, we all thought that, no need to say more

The rusty metal sculpture looked like he had chopped the head off Gormley's Angel of the north. it would have looked better outside where you could explore it better.

The mirrors were fun, Marci expained that one as i saw it.

All in all I felt quite dissapointed and wished we'd gone to see Turner instead, I'd like to see some of the huge sculptures in a park setting like Moore and Hepworth pieces.
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Re: Anish Kapoor exhibition- what do you think?

Postby minervacox » Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:57 am

Marci, yep I was speaking of your buddy G. Johnson..at one time I had a link to a wall of plates he had done with each one a small part of a portrait of a woman's face, like a giant mosaic...very intriguing to me. The paintball exhibit is (in my eyes) not "beautiful" but a verrrry innovative imaginative use of china paint.
As far as Anish's "1985motherasmountain"
that you said you liked...to me it looks like giant red female genitalia...that to me in my poor uneducated mind/eyes is not art. Just my own humble opinion. I realize we all have our own eyes and mind to judge such things and I honor/respect each and everyone's own opinions. .. :ppio:
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Re: Anish Kapoor exhibition- what do you think?

Postby eganj1 » Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:25 am

Minerva, you hit the nail on the head, we can discuss our likes and dislikes without anyone taking offense, there is no right or wrong, just opinions. That's how it should be, isn't that part of what modern art is about? Thought provoking and a talking point!
I wish more folk would jump in and say how they feel about this work. Marci i loved those last 2 pieces you posted, they would be fantastic in a public place, imaging looking at those pieces while waiting for a bus :)
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Re: Anish Kapoor exhibition- what do you think?

Postby FRBRIQ » Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:42 am

Hi Jill,
The first piece on exhibit is very impressive.
But the other links show : Not Found
"The requested URL /works/galler was not found on this server.
Apache/2 Server at www.anishkapoor.com Port 80"
I'll take time to browse more leasurely in the ones that open.
London is stemming with art !
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Re: Anish Kapoor exhibition- what do you think?

Postby eganj1 » Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:48 am

Thanks Francoise, I don't know why that is
Here is his website, the pieces I saw were the red wax doorway one and the pigment sculptures
http://www.anishkapoor.com/works/index.htm

The 3 D mirror sculptures and yellow were my favourites
http://www.anishkapoor.com/works/gallery/index.htm

These little movies are worth watching
http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibiti ... 97,MA.html
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Re: Anish Kapoor exhibition- what do you think?

Postby marcib » Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:08 pm

minervacox wrote:Marci, yep I was speaking of your buddy G. Johnson..at one time I had a link to a wall of plates he had done with each one a small part of a portrait of a woman's face, like a giant mosaic...very intriguing to me.


Ill see if I can find that piece.. Got permission from garth to post his stuff.. so ILl set up an album .. or a classroom for his things.. Ill get to see him at NCECA this coming year again and maybe this time, we'll have time to hang out a little ( last time, I was only there for 1 day ... too much too see ...too little time ) ..


and Jill said:" Minerva, you hit the nail on the head, we can discuss our likes and dislikes without anyone taking offense, there is no right or wrong, just opinions. That's how it should be, isn't that part of what modern art is about? Thought provoking and a talking point!"

That is right on , Jill.. We all have our own personal taste...and even within a genre... even with a specific artist .. Like I said, I LOVE Bougeureau , but there are some pieces of his that I look at and Im like :" Meh ! Pffffffffttttttttt !" ;rock;, some that are ;kitty; ...... and others that are ;holysheep; :wow:

Its great to be able to just talk about what we like and dont like ...without having to make judgments.. ( hey , I hate brussel sprouts too :) )

It s interesting to hear your thoughts about these pieces after having seen them in person , Jill. I wondered how that would change your perception since I knew you werent a huge fan ...

I think what happened with the links in the original post is that somehow, it didnt copy over completely ... Im seeing ...... in the middle of the URL . If you have the names of the pieces, Ill see if I can post links..
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