Anish Kapoor as British/Asian/artist
in Productive failure
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This chapter illustrates the notion of a stable authorship or genealogy that is the bedrock of most racialized art histories is a fiction so as to begin to articulate art histories that were previously unthinkable. Anish Kapoor is one of the most critically and commercially successful artists of Asian descent in the West. In the early years of his career, Kapoor simultaneously drew on Arte Povera in his use of 'poor' materials, as well as Indian, or more specifically Hindu, cultural history. Thomas McEvilley framed Kapoor's artworks as British, rather than Indian, and he did so without eliding their connection to British colonialism. Throughout the 1990s, Kapoor's artworks were exhibited in roughly a dozen group exhibitions each year, as well as numerous international art biennials, all largely in Europe and North America.

Productive failure

Writing queer transnational South Asian art histories


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