Sotheby's London, 3 December 1993, lot 316 Lehr Berlin, 28 April 2018, lot 241
Sydney, Ray Hughes Gallery, Anish Kapoor on Paper 1975 – 1987, 24 October - 18 November 1987
Exhibition catalogue, Anish Kapoor on Paper 1975 – 1987, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, 1987, illustration p. 19, pl. 11
Bombay-born Anish Kapoor is best known for his large scale sculptural works, however his paintings on paper are an integral part of his practice. From very early on in his career, Kapoor has made two-dimensional works in ink, acrylic, gouache, oil, pigment and earth on both paper and oil. As the artist states “I think I am a painter who is a sculptor… For me the two things have somehow come together, so that I am making physical things that are all about somewhere else, about illusory space.” (Anish Kapoor, interviewed in Art Monthly, May 1990, http://www.lissongallery.com/exhibitions/anish-kapoor--13). Like his sculptural works his compositions ‘are almost, primeval, like Ur-signs speaking directly to innate human passions. Blood-red tendrils and black voids appear and reveal a darker, more intimately charged presence, as if these highly textured surfaces are the very corporeal tissues of the psyche’. (Anish Kapoor: Works on Paper, March 9 - April 14, 2007, Gladstone Gallery, http://gladstonegallery.com/exhibition/1333/press)
There are two pin-sized holes in the upper left and right corners and small white accretions across the surface, visible only upon very close inspection. A tiny (1cm) tear is also present on the top left edge. Buckling is inherent to the medium. This work is in overall good condition, as viewed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.