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

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Ellsworth Kelly and Anish Kapoor

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Art in Ellsworth Kelly and Anish Kapoor

Ishi’s Light

© Anish Kapoor

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Anish Kapoor
Ishi’s Light
2003

This sculpture is named after Kapoor’s son Ishan, but also refers to Anna’s Light (1968), an abstract work by the American painter Barnett Newman. Kapoor combines saturated colours and contrasting materials to create sculptures that absorb or reflect light or sound to modify the viewer’s sense of space and create an almost immersive experience. Here the deep blood red colour and enveloping form of Ishi’s Light combine to suggest warmth and security.

Gallery label, October 2016

White Curve

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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

Art in this room

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