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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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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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The whole is greater 6 by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherThe whole is greater 6, 2017 Ink, pencil, felt pen, pastel on old ledger paper
52.7 x 64.9 cm
Hauser & Wirth
The whole is greater 7 by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherThe whole is greater 7, 2017 Ink, watercolour on old ledger paper
52.7 x 64.9 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Algorithm for time travel by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherAlgorithm for time travel, 2018 Bindis on painted board
Hauser & Wirth
A wonderful anarchy by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherA wonderful anarchy, 2018 Mixed media
398 x 171 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Talisman for September by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherTalisman for September, 2019 Clay, cement, wax, copper
121.7 x 29 x 28.4 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Sisters by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherSisters, 2019 Clay, cement, wax, copper
138.6 x 29 x 29 cm
Hauser & Wirth
The offspring of a deity perhaps by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherThe offspring of a deity perhaps, 2019 Clay, cement, wax, brass
140 x 16.5 x 21 cm
Hauser & Wirth
As dangerous as an albatross by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherAs dangerous as an albatross, 2019 Clay, cement, wax, copper
127.4 x 10.1 x 21 cm
Hauser & Wirth

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Bharti Kher, A Wonderful Anarchy at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
Upcoming
28 September 2019–5 January 2020 Bharti Kher A Wonderful Anarchy Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
Contemporary art exhibition, Bharti Kher, Djinns, Things, Places at Perrotin, Tokyo
Closed
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
Closed
23 June–12 August 2018 Group Exhibition Portable Art. A Project by Celia Forner Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles

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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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In Video & Audio

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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