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Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Ocula Conversation Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest Francophone nation in Africa with vast resources and nearly 80 million inhabitants, is a place where commodities play a vital role in the national economy and the country's significance on the world stage. This is the context from which the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (24 October–24 November...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline 13 Dec 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign Ocula News U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign 13 December 2019

Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won an overwhelming majority in yesterday's U.K. General Election despite the efforts of artists such as Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley , who came out publicly in support of Labour. Official U.K. General Election Artist Nicky Hirst couldn't comment on the result—the role requires her to remain neutral...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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b. 1969, United Kingdom

Bharti Kher Biography

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.

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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.


Solo exhibitions include Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, In Her Own Language, Perth, Australia (2016); Rockbund Art Museum, Misdemeanours, Shanghai, China (2014); Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London (2012) and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Virus, Gateshead, England (2008). 

She has taken part in numerous group exhibitions at various institutions including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Villa Reale’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan, Italy; Kochi Biennale Foundation, Kochi, India; L’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bourdeaux, France; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland; Manchester Art Gallery, England; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Australia; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway; Essl Museum, Austria; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; The New Art Gallery Walsall, England; Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut; Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Serpentine Gallery, London.

Current Exhibition
28 September 2019–5 January 2020

A Wonderful Anarchy

Exhibition view: Bharti Kher, A Wonderful Anarchy, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset (28 September 2019–5 January 2020). Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ken Adlard.

Bharti Kher 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
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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
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Algorithm for time travel by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherAlgorithm for time travel, 2018 Bindis on painted board
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A wonderful anarchy by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherA wonderful anarchy, 2018 Mixed media
398 x 171 cm
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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
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Sisters by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherSisters, 2019 Clay, cement, wax, copper
138.6 x 29 x 29 cm
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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
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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
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Bharti Kher Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Bharti Kher, A Wonderful Anarchy at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
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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
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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

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Bharti Kher In Ocula Magazine

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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

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...

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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 history....

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Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Ocula Conversation Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel

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...

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Bharti Kher In Related Press

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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....

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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 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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