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Anish Kapoor
1954 -
Nationality: Indian
Category: Artist

Artists don't make objects. Artists make mythologies.


There's something imminent in the work, but the circle is only completed by the viewer.


What one does in the studio is to pose a series of problems to oneself. I've got to look for some deeper meaning, for some reason for this thing to be in the world. There's enough stuff in the world.


I've nothing to say.


Sculpture occupies the same space as your body.


We live in a fractured world. I've always seen it as my role as an artist to attempt to make wholeness.


I, in the end, make art for myself.


I've always felt that if one was going to take seriously this vocation as an artist, you have to get beyond that decorative facade.


It's the role of the artist to pursue content.


A work will only have deep resonance if the kind of darkness I can generate is something that is resident in me already.


One must not believe any of those mythologies about oneself as an artist.


The idea is that the object has a language unto itself.


My first show sold within the first 3 minutes, and I came back to the studio and spent the next two and a half years making almost nothing.


Much of what I make is geometric, and has a kind of almost mathematical logic to the form.


One of the great currents in the contemporary experience of art is that it seems to come out of the experience of the author.


You know that day after day of, Oh God what am I going to do with myself feeling? The fear of the emptiness that it implies keeps me going.


I feel the symbolic world is the nub of a problem for an artist.


The work itself has a complete circle of meaning and counterpoint. And without your involvement as a viewer, there is no story.


One cannot set out to make a work that's spiritual. What is a contemporary iconography for the spiritual? Is it some fuzzy space?


It's precisely in those moments when I don't know what to do, boredom drives one to try a host of possibilities to either get somewhere or not get anywhere.


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