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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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b. 1978, United Kingdom

Idris Khan Biography

Drawing his inspiration from the history of art and music as well as key philosophical and theological texts, Idris Khan investigates memory, creativity and the layering of experience.

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Khan's works rely on a continuous process of creating and erasing, or adding new layers whilst retaining traces of what has gone before. He first gained attention for work in which he used digital technology to overlay and combine series of visual or textual work: every Bernd and Hilla Becher photograph of a gable-sided house, every page of the Quran, every late Constable painting, every stave of Chopin's Nocturnes.

Repetition and action have always been central to Kahn's practice along with a restricted set of processes. However, if his earlier works drew on pre-existing cultural artefacts and were about creating a totality from discrete parts, his more recent series introduce another layer of mediation and are resolutely hand-made. Printed texts are stamped in densely overlaid geometric shapes on the surface of paintings, works on paper, sculptures and wall drawings. The texts are drawn from the artist's own writings in response to classic art historical, philosophical and religious tracts.

Throughout his oeuvre, whether working with the still or moving photographic image, painting on canvas or directly onto the wall, Khan retains an aesthetic of elegant saturation. The density and precision of his images allude to the excess of information in the technical age, while encouraging a slower and more engaged way of looking and responding to our collective history and culture.

Born in Birmingham in 1978, Khan lives and works in London. He has shown internationally, including recent solo shows at the Whitworth Gallery, University of Manchester (2012); Sadler's Wells, London (2011); Gothenburg Konsthall, Sweden (2011); Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2010); Kunsthaus Murz, Murzzuschlag, Austria (2010) and K20, Düsseldorf (2008). His work has also been included in group shows at the Bas Museum, Miami (2013); the Jeu de Paume, Paris (2013); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida (2013); The British Museum, London (2012); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2012); Fundament Foundation, Tilburg (2011); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); and Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin (2009). In 2014 Khan collaborated with choreographer Wayne McGregor to produce stage design for STEPS, Switzerland's contemporary dance biennale. 

Idris Khan Featured Artworks

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Quartet by Idris Khan contemporary artwork
Idris KhanQuartet, 2019Gesso and oil stick on black and white fibre print mounted on aluminium panel
79 x 54 x 4 cm (incl frame)
Galerie Thomas Schulte Enquire about this work
Quartet by Idris Khan contemporary artwork
Idris KhanQuartet, 2019Gesso and oil stick on black and white fibre print mounted on aluminium panel
79 x 54 x 4 cm (incl frame)
Galerie Thomas Schulte Enquire about this work
Time Signature by Idris Khan contemporary artwork
Idris KhanTime Signature, 2020Oil based ink on gesso and aluminium panel
252 x 175 x 2.5 cm
Sean Kelly Enquire about this work
The Line Between the Bar (Number 1) by Idris Khan contemporary artwork
Idris KhanThe Line Between the Bar (Number 1), 2020Oil based ink on gesso and aluminium panel
65 x 50 x 2.5 cm
Sean Kelly Enquire about this work
Lost Happiness by Idris Khan contemporary artwork
Idris KhanLost Happiness, 2019Digital C-print
228.6 x 177.8 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work
Ultramarine Rhythms 1 by Idris Khan contemporary artwork
Idris KhanUltramarine Rhythms 1, 2019Oil and mixed media on artist's C-print mounted on aluminium
134.1 x 101.6 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work
A Field of Dust by Idris Khan contemporary artwork
Idris KhanA Field of Dust, 2015Digital bromide mounted on rag board and aluminium
50.8 x 61 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work
Disappearing Line by Idris Khan contemporary artwork
Idris KhanDisappearing Line, 2015Silver Gelatin Print mounted on rag board and aluminum
59 x 69.1 x 5.1 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire about this work

Idris Khan Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Idris Khan, Words Beneath Words at Victoria Miro, Venice
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26 October–14 December 2019 Idris Khan Words Beneath Words Victoria Miro, Venice
Contemporary art exhibition, Idris Khan, Quartet at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
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7 September–19 October 2019 Idris Khan Quartet Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Idris Khan, Blue Rhythms at Sean Kelly, New York
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4 May–22 June 2019 Idris Khan Blue Rhythms Sean Kelly, New York

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Idris Khan In Ocula Magazine

ADAA The Art Show 2020 Ocula Photolog ADAA The Art Show 2020

Members of The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) joined forces for The Art Show at the end of February (27 February–1 March 2020). The 2020 iteration saw more than half of its presentations dedicated to a single artist and 19 exhibitions focused on female artists, in addition to vibrant thematic and group surveys.

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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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Idris Khan In Related Press

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Idris Khan’s first UK public sculpture addresses our photo-obsessed culture Related Press Idris Khan’s first UK public sculpture addresses our photo-obsessed culture 13 November 2019, Wallpaper*

Rather than scrolling through a million images at a dizzying rate, the sculpture itself asks us to pause for a moment in quiet contemplation. Its textured surface, which appears almost frayed, echoes the delicate edges of each photographic print. Together, these lines create a dynamic rhythm that relates to much the artist's other works, in which...

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Home is where the art is: what Paula Rego, Lubaina Himid and other artists hang on their walls Related Press Home is where the art is: what Paula Rego, Lubaina Himid and other artists hang on their walls 26 August 2018, The Guardian

Art is more often a conversation than a monologue. Great and not-so-great artists have always wanted to surround themselves with paintings and objects that can speak to their own creative efforts. The most famous example of this desire perhaps is Henri Matisse, who as a young and struggling painter bought a small canvas by Paul Cézanne, Three...

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Dabbling in bronze for the first time, Idris Khan takes a solemn turn Related Press Dabbling in bronze for the first time, Idris Khan takes a solemn turn 4 October 2017, Wallpaper

Idris Khan has built his reputation in multiple layers. He repeatedly scrawls or stacks images, creating hypnotic haunting palimpsests, buzzing and charged, dense with history and cultural memory. This is flat work made somehow three-dimensional. But in his new show at London gallery Victoria Miro, Khan goes properly solid and takes on sculpture....

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Idris Khan: Monument and Memory Related Press Idris Khan: Monument and Memory 12 January 2017, Aesthetica Magazine

Residing right across Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the UAE capital’s most prominent landmark,  Wahat Al Karama  pays tribute to those who gave their lives in support of their country’s sovereignty, dignity and freedom. Following a competition held in early 2016, British-born Idris Khan was selected as the chosen designer of both the Memorial and the...

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Idris Khan In Video & Audio

IDRIS KHAN, QUARTET Related Video & Audio IDRIS KHAN, QUARTET 3 October 2019, Galerie Thomas Schulte

On the occasion of his exhibition Quartet at Galerie Thomas Schulte (7 September–19 October 2019), Idris Khan speaks about his use of the colour blue, the literary and musical references for his new stamp paintings and large photographs and his new black-and-white series of photographs 'White Windows'.

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