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Anish Kapoor, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Body to Body, 1997 (detail). Wool and fiberglass. 115 x 58 x 9 1⁄2 inches (292.1 x 147.32 x 24.13 cm). Anish Kapoor, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Body to Body, 1997. Wool and fiberglass. 115 x 58 x 9 1⁄2 inches (292.1 x 147.32 x 24.13 cm).
Anish Kapoor, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Body to Body, 1997 (detail). Wool and fiberglass. 115 x 58 x 9 1⁄2 inches (292.1 x 147.32 x 24.13 cm).
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Anish Kapoor, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Body to Body, 1997. Wool and fiberglass. 115 x 58 x 9 1⁄2 inches (292.1 x 147.32 x 24.13 cm).
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Body to Body, 1997

Artist: Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor collaborated with the FWM to explore the possibilities of felted and woven wool—both handmade and industrially-produced. Although the medium was entirely new to the artist, the resulting series of sculptures shares its overall aesthetic sensibility with the whole of Kapoor’s oeuvre. Color and form are paramount, playing an allegorical role in communicating the sculptures’ meaning. The color red, for example, is primary in Kapoor’s work; through non-verbal cues, it denotes the intimacy of the body through associations with blood, sexuality, birth, and death. As three-dimensional objects, Kapoor’s forms often use illusion to heighten the sense of depth or lend mystery to the piece. Curving, organic, sensuous shapes, the sculptures often evoke the human body, particularly wombs, navels, and phalluses.

Body to Body is formed by the artist’s careful manipulation of layers of woven felt, supported in part by a fiberglass structure, which allows the hanging, bulbous form in the sculpture’s center to hold its shape. The long, sensual drape of deep red felt spills onto the floor, pooled in rippled valleys of cloth.