Art Basel 2016: Anish Kapoor

Friday, June 17, 2016
Art Basel 2016: Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor had long been eager to work with crystal, drawn by the fascination of its fragility and unpredictability. Two years ago, in London, a creative venture was born from his meeting with Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of LALIQUE. Assisted by Galleria Massimo Minini, Anish Kapoor was able to explore working with crystal, a medium that was new to him. The shape he lent to this magical material, the work we see today, measures 1.3 metres across, curve upon curve. Sleek, languid and extremely delicate, it is like a jewel, balanced in the middle of an imposing slab of marble.

Art Basel 2016: Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor had long been eager to work with crystal, drawn by the fascination of its fragility and unpredictability. Two years ago, in London, a creative venture was born from his meeting with Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of LALIQUE. 

Assisted by Galleria Massimo Minini, Anish Kapoor was able to explore working with crystal, a medium that was new to him. The shape he lent to this magical material, the work we see today, measures 1.3 metres across, curve upon curve. Sleek, languid and extremely delicate, it is like a jewel, balanced in the middle of an imposing slab of marble. 

The story of Anish Kapoor’s collaboration with LALIQUE needed the same sort of patience it takes for undying passions to crystallize. 

First, a gesture: pencil strokes marching across a sheet of paper; curved lines leading the eye into infinity. This drawing became the blueprint for a creation as extraordinary as the artist who conceived it. Next, a resin model emerged from his studio in London. 

For two years, the expertise of LALIQUE was tried in the fire of Anish Kapoor's imagination. No effort was spared to stretch the limits of the material, to invent new tools, to hone techniques. Dozens of hours were lavished on constructing a mould; hundreds more on polishing the crystal casting. Dozens of tests were carried out. Mastery of the lost-wax casting technique reached new heights. Then, after two years of gruelling labour, the crystal artwork was finished. 

Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2016 | Marble and Lalique Crystal
Photo ©Andrea Rossetti - Courtesy Galleria Massimo Minini

Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2016 | Marble and Lalique Crystal
Photo ©Andrea Rossetti - Courtesy Galleria Massimo Minini

Artworks displayed by GALLERIA MASSIMO MININI at Art Basel. Hall 2.1 Stand S5 MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd. Messeplatz 10 4005 Basel, Switzerland 

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