In Adam, Kapoor creates an area of pure darkness in a flat face of pinkish sandstone. It is an unsettling work, partly because it is unclear what we are looking at. How deep does the hollow extend? Is it really a three-dimensional space, or a surface of impossibly black paint? While for some, the void may suggest nihilistic absence, for the artist it signifies potential. It might represent the womb, or the moment just before the creation of the universe.
Sandstone and pigment
(dal sito della Tate Gallery, Londra)