I See you | Group Exhibition | SCAD Museum of Art | Savannah,Georgia
Jul
26
to Dec 30

I See you | Group Exhibition | SCAD Museum of Art | Savannah,Georgia

I See You uses the notion of the post-human body, one that is no longer pure, whole or self-contained, but instead is constantly in transit, colonised, dispossessed or even  dematerialised. From this perspective, the presented works offer multifaceted renderings of the body related to specific notions of intersectionality.

The exhibition is curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, head curator of exhibitions, Humberto Moro, curator of exhibitions and Ben Tollefson, assistant curator of SCAD exhibitions.

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 Frieze Sculpture 2018: A Free Summer Display of International Outdoor Artwork in London’s Regent’s Park
Jul
4
to Oct 7

Frieze Sculpture 2018: A Free Summer Display of International Outdoor Artwork in London’s Regent’s Park

Frieze Sculpture returns to The Regent’s Park for three months this summer, featuring works by 25 contemporary and modern artists presented by world- leading galleries. Selected and placed by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park).

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My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid
Jun
29
to Aug 18

My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid

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My Monster celebrates the 200th anniversary year of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein and the enduring fascination with the human animal hybrid. 

Given the current biotechnological breakthroughs in creating human animal hybrids, we may be standing on the cusp of change when it comes to our species. The time has come to ask what a hybrid future might look like for both humans and animals. Hybrids are the ultimate metaphor for the outsider. Their very existence is a political act, an affront. Like monsters of old, they are harbingers of a future we may not like, but are intent on creating through each twist and tweak of our species through biotechnology.

Artists including AES+F (Russia), Jane Alexander (South Africa), Peter Booth, Jazmina Cininas, Kate Clark (USA), Catherine Clover, Beth Croce, Julia deVille, Heri Dono (ID), Peter Ellis, Rona Green, Ai Hasegawa (Japan), Moira Finucane, Deborah Kelly, Bharti  Kher (IND),  Deborah Klein, Oleg Kulik (Ukraine / Russia), Sam Leach, Norman Lindsay, Sidney Nolan,  Eko Nugroho (ID), Kira O'Reilly & Jennifer Willet (Ireland / Canada), Lisa Roet, Geoffrey Ricardo, Mithu Sen (IND), Maja Smrekar (Slovenia), Ronnie Van Hout (NZ) & (((20hz)))

Curator Evelyn Tsitas

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Opening night: My Monster – the human animal hybrid
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

Opening night: My Monster – the human animal hybrid

Join us at the opening night of My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid at RMIT Gallery (29 June – 18 August). This contemporary art exhibition coincides with the 200th anniversary year of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and will be launched by Barbara Creed, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne and an Honorary Professorial Fellow.

My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid explores our enduring fascination and revulsion with the merging of the human and animal. Bringing together work by more than 25 Australian and international artists in diverse media from public and private collections, including several new works created for the exhibition, My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid is curated by Dr Evelyn Tsitas, based on her widely published doctoral research in this field.

Curated by : Evelyn Tsitas

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FACING INDIA
Apr
29
to Oct 7

FACING INDIA

“Facing India” examines the question of how one’s own national history, present, and future manifest themselves from a female point of view. In their multimedia works, Vibha Galhotra, Bharti Kher, Prajakta Potnis, Reena Saini Kallat, Mithu Sen, and Tejal Shah shift attention towards historical and contemporary conflicts. Poetic, metaphorical, and quiet, but also radical, direct, and loud — they question borders of all kinds, be these political, territorial, ecological, religious, social, personal, or gender-based. The history of these borders, their visibility and invisibility, their legitimacy, and not seldom their dissolution are the themes of the works presented in "Facing India". The exhibition focuses on six positions in order to present these more comprehensively. Socialised and educated in an increasingly globalised world, these women artists no longer limit their “border controls” solely to India, but rather reach out into other countries and continents. The state, society, and the individual, as well as questions regarding identity and the environment, are critically examined. Nevertheless, as broad as their range of topics may be, explicit and implicit references to the presence of the feminine and the position of women, as well as solidarity and empathy, are recurring themes throughout the exhibition.

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The Sum of All Parts | Rethinking Civilization | Talks about Asia
Apr
24
3:00 PM15:00

The Sum of All Parts | Rethinking Civilization | Talks about Asia

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Over the past three decades, contemporary art has been profoundly influenced by a renewed process of internationalisation. New players have appeared on the world stage and the boundaries of what could once be called the world of art have expanded considerably, to the point of questioning the earlier centres of production. One of the areas of greatest development, in part due to sustained economic growth, is undoubtedly Asia. New centres have appeared and the artistic debate has taken on new forms and languages. 

In a more general sense, rethinking the contemporary idea of civilisation, and linking it to the process of globalisation, also means widening the very boundaries of art and showing points of view and artistic research that are rooted in cultural traditions different to those to which we have been accustomed in interpreting contemporary art in the past few decades, with particular reference to the modern tradition. 

The very idea of civilisation today appears to be multifaceted and there is therefore urgent need to explore the new forms of artistic culture that have developed within this new scenario. 

Curator: Maurizio Bortolotti 

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Points de départ, points qui lient
Apr
20
to Sep 9

Points de départ, points qui lient

For "Points de départ, points qui lient", a selection of bindi paintings will be on display at the Foundation, including the Heroides series (2016), which refers to Ovid’s The Heroides. This collection of epistolary poems is written in the voice of the heroines of Greek and Roman mythology, who address and respond to their lost, left, and imagined lovers. An ongoing series of map works that cover and mask Mercator world maps will also be exhibited for the first time. The application of bindis mark, scar, and punctuate territories and borders, questioning the north/south polarities of country and nation, as well as the visual misrepresentations of a European geodesy.

Also presented is the colossal work An absence of assignable cause (2007), an imagining of the anatomic heart of a blue sperm whale, made to scale and enveloped in a skin of bindis. At once the biggest heart in the world and an inquiry of love, this work offers the paradox of seeing with the inner eye into the heart of the other.

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Surface Work
Apr
11
to May 19

Surface Work

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Taking place across Victoria Miro’s London galleries, this international, cross-generational exhibition is a celebration of women artists who have shaped and transformed, and continue to influence and expand, the language and definition of abstract painting.

New Delhi-based artist Bharti Kher’s practice is characterised by processes of assembly, juxtaposition and transformation. Often employing found objects that bear the traces of their own histories, she raises metaphysical questions about our relationship to life’s quotidian objects and its daily rituals. To these, she brings a sense of quest, in which the self – as a moral, sexual and cultural being – might be open to interpretation, projection and, even, shape-shifting. Kher’s work is not without a sense of magic realism: indeed, she has described her practice as ‘the hunt for a chimera’.

Throughout her career, Kher has deployed the bindi as a motif to animate and transform objects and surfaces. Applying them in great number to painted board, in Neurons and Noise, 2015, she creates a dynamic ‘painting’ that, bestriding Eastern and Western aesthetics, points to a wider sense of interconnectedness – between the micro and macro, and spiritual and material worlds.

- Martin Cooper

 

 

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LIKE LIFE | SCULPTURE, COLOR AND THE BODY
Mar
21
to Jul 22

LIKE LIFE | SCULPTURE, COLOR AND THE BODY

Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now) explores narratives of sculpture in which artists have sought to replicate the literal, living presence of the human body. On view exclusively at The Met Breuer, this major international loan exhibition of about 120 works draws on The Met's rich collections of European sculpture and modern and contemporary art, while also featuring a selection of important works from national and international museums and private collections.

Juxtaposing well-known masterpieces with surprising and little-seen works, the exhibition brings together sculptures by artists from Donatello, El Greco, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Antonio Canova, Auguste Rodin, and Edgar Degas to Louise Bourgeois, Meret Oppenheim, Isa Genzken, Charles Ray, Fred Wilson, Robert Gober, Bharti Kher, Duane Hanson, Jeff Koons, and Yinka Shonibare MBE, as well as wax effigies, reliquaries, mannequins, and anatomical models. Together, these works highlight the continuing anxieties and pleasures attendant upon the three-dimensional simulation of the human body.

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Open Practice Committee lecture with Bharti Kher
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Open Practice Committee lecture with Bharti Kher

Bharti Kher (1969, UK) is an Indian contemporary artist. Her work encompasses painting, sculpture and installation, often incorporating bindi as a marker for the third eye. She has been engaged with the varying traditions of the readymade, minimalism and abstraction, mythology and the narrative for the past twenty years. Pervading themes that constitute the mainstay of Kher’s oeuvre are the interlocking relationships between man and animal kingdom, associated notions of hybridity; the links between abstraction and figuration, and the question of the other in gender, ethics and imagery.

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Messengers | Bharti Kher
Feb
23
to Mar 23

Messengers | Bharti Kher

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"Messengers" will include several large-scale paintings, in which bindis of different shapes and colors are incorporated into and onto a painted surface. These works utilize a variety of materials, which Kher readily admits is an important aspect of her work. Several of the pieces include media as diverse as wax, wood, cork, glass, and mirrors, all in a careful interplay with bindis, one of her signature materials. Sculptural works, and works on paper, in which the artist uses bindis as a mapping device, will also be included, making the exhibition a small but intimate display revealing key aspects of the artist’s focus.

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Group Exhibition at The Sculpture Park, Madhavendra Palace
Dec
10
to Nov 30

Group Exhibition at The Sculpture Park, Madhavendra Palace

There are hundreds of prominent sculpture parks scattered around the globe, this is the first significant one of its kind in India. The Sculpture Park, located at Madhavendra Palace, hosts 62 sculptures by 17 Indian and 7 international. Conceived and curated by Peter Nagy, owner of Nature Morte Gallery in Delhi, The Sculpture Park has turned the entire palace into an art gallery with sculptures displayed both in and outdoors. Monumental works will occupy central positions while more intimate works will be tucked away in nooks. Thus creating a treasure hunt for the visitor encountering sculpture in all its contemporary diversity in a wide variety of arrangements and displays.

The first edition of The Sculpture Park opened on December 10th, 2017 and will continue till November 2018.

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Open Talks: Katharina Grosse and Bharti Kher
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Open Talks: Katharina Grosse and Bharti Kher

Katharina Grosse will discuss her practice and her solo exhibition at the South London Gallery with artist Bharti Kher. open—talks is a series of talks conceived by the SLG and Camberwell College of Arts offering an alternative curriculum that synthesises the current interests and research focus of both institutions.

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Dark Matter (MM)
Oct
14
to Feb 17

Dark Matter (MM)

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Museum Frieder Burda I Salon Berlin is very pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Bharti Kher in Germany from 13 October 2017 to 17 February 2018. Born in London in 1969, the artist lives and works in Delhi since the early 1990s and is one of the most important international contemporary artists of her generation.

Bharti Kher not only combines different techniques, materials and media, but also male and female, animal and human, sacred and profane, tradition and technology. Just as her work is associated with alchemical or magical processes, it also conveys the notion that human identity is in constant transformation and construction. The core of her work is, as she emphasizes, the "hybridized, unruly, questioned, or even absent body."

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'Bharti Kher: Sketchbooks and Diaries'
Sep
20
to Sep 6

'Bharti Kher: Sketchbooks and Diaries'

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Bharti Kher, 2015 Artist-in-Residence at the Gardner, was enriched and recharged by spending time thinking and living amongst the Museum's extraordinary building and art treasures. The focus of this show is a series of rawings and notebooks Kher made during that time. The drawings are very tactile, often provocative, and charged with humor and a capriciousness that is smart and girly at the same time. They reflect on gender and motherhood, anatomy, and the physiology of pregnancy. They speak of empathy and love while investigating the enigmatic paradoxes and ambiguities of what it means to be human.

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'Fond Illusions'
Jun
21
to Aug 18

'Fond Illusions'

In separate contexts, the participating artists have been recognized for their command of unconventional materials that bridge the fundamental qualities of 2D and 3D artworks. The results are abstract and cohesive, physical and psychological, sculptural and, occasionally, otherworldly.

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 Portable Art: A Project by Celia Forner
Apr
20
to Jun 17

Portable Art: A Project by Celia Forner

Bharti Kher’s lion-headed ‘Warrior Bracelet’ (2016) is intended to both physically and emotionally transform the wearer. It is jewelry as talisman and protector; and by virtue of requiring the wearer to hold it in place via a concealed handle, it harkens to elements of performance. Kher has described this highly adorned gold-plated work as an empowering accessory, ‘a skin the shaman carries… Wear it to work and keep it in your bedroom for when you need to call into being your warrior.’

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'Versus Rodin: bodies across space and time'
Mar
4
to Jul 2

'Versus Rodin: bodies across space and time'

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'Versus Rodin: bodies across space and time' bring together key pieces by this pioneer of modern sculpture with an innovative selection of work by leading modern and contemporary artists who have similarly challenged our understanding of the human condition. Through a series of duets and duels, Rodin's work is brought into conversation with over 100 modern and contemporary works of art.

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