Anish Kapoor

Lisson Gallery | 27 Bell Street | London

On the sunken floor of the gallery rested 16 large sandstone blocks in five rows: Void Field (all works, 1989). Each is rough-hewn, varies in shape and size, and has a smallish black hole in the top. The igneous, pinkish-red rocks were like furnaces drawing in the space around and above them and, indeed, the gallery seemed very hot. No other work yet has so completely taken over this place and made it so strange and unfamiliar. This sense of dislocation was compounded in the anteroom by a long, flattish piece of ridged slate transformed into a human-size wing and painted a luminous blue. The title, Angel, confirms, as if a bit of heaven from a Giotto had dropped out of the sky and materialized on the ground. There is, though, in spite of the blue, something very down-to-earth about this work; as it lies solid and strong, like a guardian to those hollow, expectant forms beyond.

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