British sculptor Anish Kapoor reveals another facet of his diverse abilities with this beautiful accordion-fold artist’s book reproducing ten previously unpublished gouache paintings. Murkily sensual and full of swelling, luminous contrast between dark and light areas, these mostly abstract paintings were executed on the double pages of an accordion notebook in January 2011. Occupying a palette of blacks and grays, with occasional intrusions from glowing oranges and purples at the page’s edge, these works evoke the interplay of recess and protrusion that so famously characterizes Kapoor’s sculpture. As daily acts of meditation, they can be said to have as their primary subject the artist’s subconscious: “what I’m trying to do is paint the interior, my interior,” he says. This volume is perhaps the most exquisite manifestation of Kapoor’s intent to date.
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