Anish Kapoor, English, b. 1954, b. India
Six Secret Places, 1983
Wood, polystyrene, Fiberglas, and pigment
overall: 45 inches x 13 feet 11 inches x 23 1/2 inches (114.3 x 424.18 x 59.69 cm)
Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the William T. Kemper Foundation---Commerce Bank, Trustee, 2001.2.A-F
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Location: Not on view
Anish Kapoor has called himself “a painter who is a sculptor.” His work fuses Eastern and Western cultural traditions, evoking beliefs, passions and experiences that are both of this world and intensely spiritual. Six Secret Places consists of six organic forms inspired by the elemental forms of fire, water, seeds, flowers, fruit and mountains. Using vibrant pigments, the artist references Hindu worship and fertility rituals of his native India.
Six Secret Places affirms the artist’s involvement with “places of power.” In Kapoor’s personal color symbology, yellow corresponds to desire, while red symbolizes generative masculinity.