A Bronze Concave Wall Sculpture
By Anish Kapoor
Signed on the reverse by the artist
Size: 96.5 x 96.5 x 19 centimetres (38 x 38 x 7.5 inches)
Estimated price: £400,000-600,000
Price realised: £541,250
Anish Kapoor is very much the man of the moment having recently completed Britain’s largest public sculpture, the controversial Arcelor Mittal Orbit, a 377 feet steel tower that is the centre-piece of London’s Olympic Park.
A work by Kapoor sold on Wednesday (June 27, 2012) at Sotheby’s International Contemporary Day Sale, although on a smaller scale, is just as striking. This polished bronze concave wall sculpture was generously donated by the artist and was sold in aid of the Helen Bamber Foundation, which supports and counsels people affected by torture and trafficking.
Standing in front of the sculpture you cannot help but be drawn in; as the viewer, you become part of the work itself. Every encounter with the work is different as you witness a varying reflection that is neither static nor predictable. The image undergoes a metamorphosis, the surface liquefying all it displays, representing a state of intangible flux.
Like many of Kapoor’s works it addresses the idea of the void or ‘non-object’. Kapoor’s work goes beyond the physical, its manipulated surface instead takes us into the realm of the spiritual and psychological that makes us question the world around us.
First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on July 1, 2012.