Anish Kapoor (b. 1954, Mumbai, India) is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation, specializing in installation art and conceptual art. Kapoor has lived and worked in London, and first gained recognition in the 1980s for his large-scale geometric and biometric sculptures. In 2020, the artist participated in the second edition of Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB 2020) showcasing incredible installations at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and The Parq.
Anish Kapoor: Cosmos, Void and Motherhood covers accounts of the process of installation and symbology of his works in the context of Hindu-Buddhism, overlapping art, art history, religion, faith and philosophy. The publication includes articles by Apinan Poshyananda, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Bangkok Art, on the installation and symbolism of Kapoor’s works in context of the theme Escape Routes; Homi Bhabha, renowned scholar and critical theorist on Kapoor’s fissionary art; Chatri Prakitnonthakan, architectural historian, on the studies of Buddhist cosmology at Wat Arun and Wat Pho; Phra Rajawetee, assistant abbot of Wat Pho, on the history of the Sermon Hall at Wat Pho; Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, founder and chairman of Bangkok Art Biennale Foundation, on art and trade in relation to Wat Arun and Wat Pho; Charles Shafaieh, writer and editor, in conversation with the artist.