Magazine article Artforum International

Anish Kapoor: Gladstone Gallery

Magazine article Artforum International

Anish Kapoor: Gladstone Gallery

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Anish Kapoor

GLADSTONE GALLERY

"Today You Will Be in Paradise," Anish Kapoor's exhibition at Gladstone Gallery this past spring, embarked on a visceral journey through the body, displaying sculptures that emulate its muscle fibers, fat, and intestines in a profusion of blood-red fluids, drippings, blobs, and creepy organic matter. Fearlessly, his senses fibrillating, Kapoor burrowed into the world of flesh.

Kapoor's chief material, silicone, is significant: It is a substance associated with plastic surgery, most notably with breast implants, and here it conveys the body's materiality with intensity and luminosity. While the distorting mirrored surfaces of his earlier sculptures give back images that verge on dreams, these works transport us, with no chance of escape, into an emphatically physical world. Nothing is dreamy here; we hover between repugnance and curiosity. Kapoor seems to be provocatively asking, "Does this overload of realness repel you?" Well, if it does, that's your problem, because this is what lies beneath the skin-- everyone's skin. This is what allows your body to be healthy and beautiful. Without that heap of fiber, blood vessels, and intestinal loops we simply would not exist.

At the gallery's Twenty-Fourth Street location, works such as Fetish Body Inside Out and Unborn, both 2016, evoked a kind of Quentin Tarantino-grade gore, showing us bodies consumed by fire, shredded by explosions, transformed into mounds of dark and clotted material. Others, such as Internal Object in Three Parts, 2013-15, and Today You Will Be In Paradise, 2016, were bewitchingly matter-of-fact, oases of stillness amid the violence and chaos. …

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