New York

Anish Kapoor

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

There’s a strange elegance to Anish Kapoor’s drawings: they’re at once troublingly obscure and masterfully finished. Kapoor is known primarily as a sculptor, and this show, which marks the first major exhibition of his drawings (a show of his works on paper also opened during the same month at the Tate Gallery in London), prompts one to ask what place they have in his larger oeuvre, and how impressive they would seem had the sculpture not preceded them. Less exploratory than one might expect, and very much works in their own right, the drawings elaborate themes introduced in Kapoor’s previous sculptural works.

Kapoor’s objects are compelling in their massive delicacy; inflected with an Eastern quality, they reject Western monolithic phallocentricity in favor of a sort of vaginal heroism. One lingers over these darkened interior voids, hollowed out of rock and dusted with velvety, carnal

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