I think that I have first met a work of Anish Kapoor in Chicago two years ago – the huge ‘Bean’ is part of the Chicago landscape in a public park that was not far from our hotel.

Kapoor's 'Bean' in Chicago

The BBC broadcast (or maybe broadcast again because it’s holidays and year in retrospective season) an interview with the artist, occasioned by his show at the Royal Academy of Art in London. He is a very interesting character and had smart things to say about how as an artist he rapports himself to success, about biography (his father is Indian, his mother Jewish), about perennial and ephemeral art, about involvment in big memorial projects in the UK, and last but not least about critics.