Indian-origin British sculptor wins $1 million ‘Jewish Nobel’

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  • Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor was on Monday named the winner of a prestigious $1 million Genesis Prize by Israel for his commitment to Jewish values.
  • Mr. Kapoor (62) spoke out against “abhorrent government policies” towards refugees as he was named the recipient of this year’s Genesis prize, dubbed Jewish Nobel.Prestigious $1 million Genesis Prize
  • The Genesis Prize was founded in 2012 and Michael R. Bloomberg was chosen as the first Laureate in 2014.

         Awarded for:

  • Outstanding achievement by individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields, and whose actions, in addition to their achievements, embody the character of the Jewish people through commitment to Jewish values, the Jewish community and/or to the State of Israel.

Sir Anish Kapoor:

  • Sir Anish Kapoor (born 12 March 1954) is a British-Indian sculptor. Born in Bombay,  Kapoor has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s when he moved to study art, first at the Hornsey College of Art and later at the Chelsea School of Art and Design.
  • Kapoor received a knighthood in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to visual arts. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Oxford in 2014
  • In 2012 he was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Indian government which is India’s third highest civilian award. An image of Kapoor features in the British cultural iconssection of the newly designed British passport in 2015.
  •  In 2016 he was announced as a recipient of the LennonOno Grant for Peace. He owns exclusive rights to use Vantablack, the blackest substance known, for artistic purposes.