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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.

Exhibition view: Bharti Kher, The Unexpected Freedom of Chaos, Perrotin, New York (9 July–14 August 2020). Courtesy the artist and Perrotin. Photo: Guillaume Ziccarelli.

Bharti Kher Featured Artworks

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Arione's Sister by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherArione's Sister, 2006Mixed media
185.5 x 127 x 76 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Indra's Net Mirror 1 by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherIndra's Net Mirror 1, 2010Bindis on mirror, wooden frame
192 x 109 x 6.4 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Virus I by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherVirus I, 2010Mahogany wood, brass, 10000 bindis, instructions for installation
31 x 46 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Heroides IX by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherHeroides IX, 2016Bindis on painter board, frame
173 x 174 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Algorithm for loving well by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherAlgorithm for loving well, 2017Bindis on painted board, frame
148 x 148 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
The whole is greater 6 by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherThe whole is greater 6, 2017Ink, pencil, felt pen, pastel on old ledger paper
52.7 x 64.9 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
The whole is greater 7 by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherThe whole is greater 7, 2017Ink, watercolour on old ledger paper
52.7 x 64.9 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Algorithm for time travel by Bharti Kher contemporary artwork
Bharti KherAlgorithm for time travel, 2018Bindis on painted board
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery

Bharti Kher Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Bharti Kher, The Unexpected Freedom of Chaos at Perrotin, New York
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9 July–14 August 2020 Bharti Kher The Unexpected Freedom of Chaos PerrotinNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Wonderland at Perrotin, Shanghai
Closed
30 April–30 June 2020 Group Exhibition Wonderland PerrotinShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Bharti Kher, A Wonderful Anarchy at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
Closed
28 September 2019–5 January 2020 Bharti Kher A Wonderful Anarchy Hauser & WirthSomerset

Bharti Kher Represented By

Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad, St. Moritz
Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Kukje Gallery Busan, Seoul
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo

Bharti Kher In Ocula Magazine

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Bharti Kher's Atlas Series, Surveyed Ocula Insight Bharti Kher's Atlas Series, Surveyed By Stephanie Bailey, Online

In Bharti Kher's 'Atlas' series, now showing online with Perrotin, colonial maps become sites of counter-narrative, appropriated to restore 'human positions' in representations that erased them.

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements By Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements, the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Singapore

Singapore Art Week returns from 11 to 19 January 2020 with a host of island-wide events, at the centre of which is the second edition of S.E.A. Focus (16–19 January 2020) at Gillman Barracks, showcasing the best of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.

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Dynamic Busan: More to see than just the sea Ocula Report Dynamic Busan: More to see than just the sea By Angela Suh, Busan

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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Bharti Kher In Related Press

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

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 15 April 2018, The Guardian

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 4 February 2017, The Indian Express

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 5 December 2016, Art Agenda

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 1 January 2018, Hauser & Wirth

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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