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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Bharti Kher

b. 1969, United Kingdom

Bharti Kher was born in the United Kingdom in 1969. She studied painting, graduating in 1991 from Newcastle Polytechnic. At 23, she moved to New Delhi in India, where she lives and works today.

Her work encompasses painting, sculpture and installation, often incorporating found materials, using them to transform objects and dissolve the distinction between two and three dimensions. Sculptures she has made since the mid-2000s combine animal with human body parts to create hybrid female figures that confront the viewer with a compelling mixture of sexuality and monstrosity. In contrast, her bindi ‘paintings’ are abstract and aesthetic, turning the mass-produced consumerist items into artworks of sumptuous beauty. Her work is engaged with the ready-made, minimalism and abstraction (through repetition), mythology and narratives.


Featured Artworks

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My Inside Out by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork Bharti KherMy Inside Out, 2013 Diptych, bindis on painted board, frame
250 x 189 cm
Perrotin
Equilibrium 3 by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork Bharti KherEquilibrium 3, 2014/2016 Cement, granite, wood, brass
314 x 152 cm
Perrotin
Portrait: Reena by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork Bharti KherPortrait: Reena, 2013 Sari, resin, concrete
120 x 45 cm
Perrotin
The betrayal of causes once held dear VI by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork Bharti KherThe betrayal of causes once held dear VI, 2014–2016 Wood, cork, bindis, wax, glass
218 x 200 cm
Perrotin
Algorithm for Refusal by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork Bharti KherAlgorithm for Refusal, 2018 Bindis on mirror, stainless steel, mirror, resin, bindis
Perrotin
Points of departure XV by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork Bharti KherPoints of departure XV, 2018 Bindis on paper, frame
70 x 83 cm
Perrotin
The Intermediaries (19) by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork Bharti KherThe Intermediaries (19), 2017 Clay, resin, copper, wood, wax
141 x 29 cm
Perrotin

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Bharti Kher, Djinns, Things, Places at Perrotin, Tokyo
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14 November–15 December 2018 Bharti Kher Djinns, Things, Places Perrotin, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Portable Art. A Project by Celia Forner at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
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23 June–12 August 2018 Group Exhibition Portable Art. A Project by Celia Forner Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface Work at Victoria Miro, London
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11 April–16 June 2018 Group Exhibition Surface Work Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London

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Dynamic Busan: More to see than just the sea Ocula Report Dynamic Busan: More to see than just the sea 31 May 2016 : Angela Suh for Ocula

The second largest city in South Korea, with a population of 3.6 million, Busan is a thriving metropolis situated at the south eastern end of the Korean peninsula. As a port city, Busan has a rich history of cultural exchange and is nationally acknowledged for its regional cuisine and diverse scenery. Reflecting its motto, 'Dynamic...

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche Co-founder, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Report Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection 5 Jun 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s...

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Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Ocula Conversation Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Collector and Curator

When Australian collectors and philanthropists Gene and Brian Sherman moved from South Africa to Australia in 1976, Gene says they instantly recognised a “buzz about Asia” that they weren’t expecting.As an academic teaching French literature, the push towards Asian languages also put her out of a job. “I went into...

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Frieze Sculpture 2018: the highlights Related Press Frieze Sculpture 2018: the highlights Wallpaper* : 4 July 2018

Between Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup, there's been plenty of distractions from London's unusually Mediterranean weather of late.

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Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show Related Press Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show The Guardian : 15 April 2018

There are certain shows that change one's sense of art. Surface Work is one of them. Spread across two sites, it is nothing less than an anthology of abstract painting spanning an entire century, from early constructivism to post-digital sampling, in which every work holds its own and every work is by a woman. This is a rare and historic event.It...

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The Contemporary Canvas Related Press The Contemporary Canvas The Indian Express : 4 February 2017

From being a forum that brings artists from all over the world to one that will focus on South Asia, India Art Fair (IAF) has changed its course over the nine editions since it debuted in 2008. The transformation was obvious when the four-day event opened on February 2 at NSIC grounds in Okhla.Dominated by artwork from India, followed by...

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Review: Art Basel Miami Beach Related Press Review: Art Basel Miami Beach Art Agenda : 5 December 2016

It has been hard, lately, to think about art. I don’t mean to imply that art isn’t powerful, transformative, or even a necessary distraction. The problem, really, is that it’s been hard to think about anything besides the new president-elect, or how every check I deposit helps fund the poisoning of the sole water supply at...

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Bharti Kher, Artist in Residence, Hauser & Wirth Somerset Related Video & Audio Bharti Kher, Artist in Residence, Hauser & Wirth Somerset Hauser & Wirth : 1 January 2018

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is pleased to welcome Bharti Kher as artist-in-residence from September–December 2017. Kher has exhibited at numerous museums and institutions internationally, including the Freud Museum London, London, England (2016), Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, Australia (2016), Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2016),...

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