A show of emotion

From Kapoor to Kusama: artists who stir the senses

As one of theworld’s leading dealers in modern and contemporary art, Opera Gallery hasplayed host to many must-see exhibitions. The latest to grace the walls of its London branch, however, is special even for this international art brand.Entitled Contemporary Emotion and running from Wednesday February 13 to Saturday March 9, itbrings together some of the biggest names in modern art. Andy Warholshares wall space with the likes of Fernando Botero, KeithHaring and Zeng Fanzhi, while Marc Quinn’s Endless Column, an hourglass reflection of Kate Moss in a yoga pose (second picture, £288,000), is just one ofseveral extraordinary sculptures.

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Thanks tocareful curation by the gallery’s director, Jean-David Malat, this is anintriguing and powerful exhibition. Highlights include Kapoor’sdiscipline-blurring stainless steel and gold wall piece Untitled, 2011 (third picture, £1,200,000), Andy Warhol’s burnished red and yellow Police Car (fourth picture, £140,000) and Yayoi Kusama’s fluro writhing sperm Flames (first picture, £86,000).

The works are socially, politically and culturally engaging and, as befits the exhibition’stitle, all have been well chosen for their intense emotional impact.

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