In this edition of Artatomical, let us consider a piece from Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor (1954-).
Kapoor's work frequently entails large-scale public sculptures and architectural projects. He doesn't often explore the human body, but his 2002 installation "Marsyas" takes an undeniable dive into the flesh. We see it as it stood from 2002-2003 in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall.
"Marsyas" takes its title and inspiration from the Greek Myth of the god Apollo and satyr Marsyas. Having challenged Apollo to a musical contest and lost, Marsyas was flayed alive by the victorious god of music. The scene was frequently depicted in classical art, such as in "Marsyas and Apollo" (see to your right) by Luca Giordano (1634-1705).
Here's what the artist himself had to say:
You can see more images of the piece from conception through installation over at Kapoor's website.
Now let's take another gaze at it...
I visited London in late 2006 (and loved every minute of it), but Turbine Hall was sadly empty at the time.