White Sand, Red Millet, Many Flowers

1982

Kapoor, Anish
The vivid colours of red, yellow and black dominate this sculpture. The delicate edges of the shapes contrast with these intense colours: colours that hold many cultural associations and histories. Kapoor's use of colour has an immediate effect on our experience of seeing the sculpture, transforming the object into a sculptural image. The shapes emerge from the gallery floor: they seem to be made purely of powder, but how is this possible? Our curiosity tempts us to touch the sculpture, but the vulnerable shapes must not be disturbed. While there is an Indian source for the use of powder and a wider world view that informs the work, 'White Sand, Red Millet, Many Flowers' reflects a principle underpinning much abstract painting and sculpture: that meaning can be created through immediate perceptual experience. Lizzie Wright
  • Artwork Details: 101 x 241.5 x 217.4cm
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  • Material description: wood, cement and pigment
  • Credit line: © the artist and Lisson Gallery, London
  • Theme: Abstract
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: AC 5068

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