Anish Kapoor, ‘Ishi’s Light’ 2003
Anish Kapoor, Ishi’s Light 2003 . Tate . © Anish Kapoor

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Ellsworth Kelly and Anish Kapoor

Ishi’s Light

Anish Kapoor, Ishi’s Light  2003

The distortions created by the reflective surfaces of this sculpture change our sense of space. Kapoor wanted to create the feeling of being immersed in an artwork. He named the work after his son Ishan. But he was also inspired by his experience of an abstract painting - Anna’s Light 1968 - by Barnett Newman. Kapoor wrote of it: ‘It completely surrounds and engulfs you. It astounded me that art could step out of narrative so completely; that art could seem to have nothing to say, and yet engage all the truly important things that there are to say. Of course, in talking about Newman I’m talking about myself.’

Gallery label, June 2020

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White Curve

Ellsworth Kelly, White Curve  1974

Kelly’s unconventionally-shaped work lies somewhere between painting and sculpture. His works don’t literally depict anything but are drawn from observation of both the natural and man-made environment. He derived forms from things he had seen in real life - in this case it was inspired by the hill and valley forms near his home. ‘I think that if you can turn off the mind and look only with the eyes, ultimately everything becomes abstract’, he has said.

Gallery label, October 2016

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Ishi’s Light
Anish Kapoor Ishi’s Light 2003
White Curve
Ellsworth Kelly White Curve 1974

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