Anish KapoorAs if to Celebrate, I Discovered a Mountain Blooming with Red Flowers 1981

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Artist
Anish Kapoor (born 1954)
Title
As if to Celebrate, I Discovered a Mountain Blooming with Red Flowers
Date 1981
MediumPigments, wood and plaster
Dimensionsobject: 970 x 762 x 1600 mm object: 330 x 711 x 813 mm object: 210 x 153 x 470 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03675
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Anish Kapoor was born in Bombay and has lived in London since 1973 where he trained first at Hornsey and then at Chelsea School of Art. He explored the possibilities of Conceptual Art for a time. Then, in 1979 he made a visit to India which reacquainted him with early cultural memories which were to inform his subsequent work. He also began to take an interest in Jungian psychoanalysis and to employ a vocabulary of forms and images which appear largely symbolic of different aspects of the feminine principle. The art historian Jeremy Lewison has related Kapoor's imagery to the accounts of the female archetype given by the Jungian psychoanalyst Erich Neumann in his book The Great Mother. According to Neumann the creative aspect of man is feminine and is alluded to in various archetypal images among them that of a vessel and mountain. Both these archetypal images are central to Kapoor's art and are prominent in this work. The pair of vessels also suggest breasts and the openings in them evoke the vagina. Such voids are another recurrent image in Kapoor's work. The forms are covered in loose, pure pigment, a procedure inspired by the brightly coloured powders used in Hindu festivals and worship… (read more)

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