Bharti Kher  (Indian, 1969) 

Bharti Kher (British/Indian, b.1969) is a leading Indian Contemporary artist who works with painting, collage, photography, sculpture, and installation. Kher was born in London to an Indian immigrant family. She studied painting and design at Middlesex Polytechnic in London, and then at Newcastle Polytechnic in Northern England. In 1992, Kher travelled to India where she met her future husband, Indian artist Subodh Gupta (Indian, b. 1964), and relocated there permanently shortly afterward.

Kher is an artist committed to exploring cultural misinterpretations and social codes through her art practice. She uses the bindi as a central motif in her work to link tradition and modernity, East and West. The bindi, an adornment wore by Indian women on their foreheads, is traditionally seen as the sign of a married woman, and the third eye that links the spiritual and material worlds. The painting series Untitled is composed of multi-layered and multi-colored circular bindis, which refer to the changing roles of women in India, as the bindi lost its traditional meanings and became a fashion accessory. Kher’s famed installation, The Skin Speaks A Language Not Its Own (2006), features a life-size elephant made with fiberglass and covered with numerous white bindis, kneeling on the floor in an ambiguous state between dying and living. In her sculptures and collages, Kher has created hybrid beings that unite contradictions of gender, species, race, and social role. Sculptures such as Arione (2004) and Arione’s Sister (2006) are part-human, part-animal; sperm-shaped bindis writhe over their bodies, completing the vision of a futuristic femininity. Kher is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, Hauser & Wirth Gallery in London, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris, and Nature Morte in Delhi. Kher lives and works in New Delhi.

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Bharti Kher, It's just inevitable


Bharti Kher
It's just inevitable

Hauser & Wirth Zürich London New York
Bharti Kher, The Great Indian Rope Trick


Bharti Kher
The Great Indian Rope Trick

Bernier/Eliades Gallery
Bharti Kher, Angel


Bharti Kher

Walsh Gallery
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Bharti Kher, Off Centre


Bharti Kher
Off Centre, 2008
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Bharti Kher, Indra's net mirror 12


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Indra's net mirror 12, 2010
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Bharti Kher, The XIth Hour


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The XIth Hour, 2009
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1969   Born in London, England
1987 - 1988   Studied at Middlesex Polytechnic, Cat Hill, London
1988 - 1991   BA Honours, Fine Art, Newcastle Polytechnic, Newcastle, England
2003   Received The San skriti Award
2007   Received YFLO Woman Achiever of the Year
2010   Received ARKEN Art Prize
  Lives and works in New Delhi, India
2014   Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (solo)
2013   Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013   Nature Morte, 'Bind the Dream State to your Waking Life', New Delhi, India (solo)
2012   Parasol Unit Foundation für Contemporary Art, London, England (solo)
2011   Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France (solo)
2011   The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 'Maximum INDIA', Washington DC
2011   Centre Pompidou, 'Paris – Delhi – Bombay', Paris, France
2011   Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 'Pattern ID', Kansas City MO
2011   Essl Museum, 'Festival der Tiere', Klosterneuburg, Austria
2011   Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, 'Time Unfolded', New Delhi, India
2011   Musée d'Art Contemporain, 'Indian Highway', Lyon, France
2011   MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, 'Indian Highway', Rome, Italy (Travelling Exhibition)
2010   Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture Southwood Garden, St.James's Church, 'Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture: Bharti Kher, London, England (solo)
2010   Gallery SKE, 'disturbia, utopia, house beautiful', Bangalore, India (solo)
2010   Gothenburg City Hall, 'Gothenburg Culture Festival', Gothenburg, Sweden
2010   Museum of Contemporary Art, 'Tokyo Art Meeting. Transformation', Tokyo, Japan
2010   Kunstmuseum Luzern, 'Lebenszeichen. Altes Wissen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst / Signs of Life. Ancient Knowledge in Contemporary Art', Lucerne, Switzerland
2010   Kunstmuseum Thun, 'Susan Hefuna – Bharti Kher – Fred Tomaselli: Between the Worlds', Thun, Switzerland
2010   Manchester Art Gallery, 'Facing East: Recent Works from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection', Manchester, England
2010   Herning Kunstmuseum, 'Indian Highway', Herning, Denmark (Travelling Exhibition)
2010   The Saatchi Gallery, 'The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today', London, England
2010   Akron Art Museum, 'Pattern ID', Akron OH
2010   Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, 'Tauba Auerbach, Matthew Day Jackson…', Paris, France
2010   Tri Postal, 'Lille3000: "The Silk Road". Saatchi Gallery London in Lille', Lille, France
2010   Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, '21st Century: Art in the first Decade', Queensland, Australia
2010   Kunstmuseum Lucerne, 'Lebenszeichen. Altes Wissen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst / Sign of Life. Ancient Knowledge in Contemporary Art', Lucerne, Switzerland Kunstmuseum Thun, 'Bharti Kher - Fred Tomaselli - Susan Hefuna', Thun, Switzerland
2010   Manchester Art Gallery, 'Facing East: Recent Works from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection', Manchester, England
2010   7th Biennale of Sydney, 'The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age', Sydney, Australia
2010   Herning Kunstmuseum, ‘Indian Highway’, Herning, Denmark (Travelling Exhibition) The Saatchi Gallery, 'The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today', London, England
2010   Akron Art Museum, 'Pattern ID', Akron OH
2010   Hauser & Wirth, London, England (solo)
2009   Lalit Kala Academy, 'Marvellous Reality', New Delhi, India
2009   Casa Asia, 'Indian Narrative in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History', Madrid, Spain
2009   Yale University School of Art, 'Shifting Shapes. Unstable Signs', New Haven CT
2009   Astrup Fearnley Museum, 'Indian Highway', Oslo, Norway (Travelling Exhibition)
2009   Palais des Arts de Dinard, 'Who`s Afraid of the Artists? A Selection of Works from the Pinault Collection', France
2009   Marianne Boesky Gallery, ' Group Show: Bharti Kher, Yayoi Kusama, Eva Rothschild, Mindy Shapero', New York NY
2009   Temporary space at Zimmerstrasse 90-91,'Conflicting Tales – Works from the Burger Collection in Berlin: Subjectivity (Quadrilogy, Part 1)', Berlin, Germany
2009   Palais Bénédictine, 'Les Artistes Indiens d’Aujourd’hui', Fécamp, France
2009   Museum on the Seam, 'Nature Nation', Jerusalem, Israel
2009   The New Art Gallery Walsall, 'Re-imagining Asia. A Thousand Years of Separation', Walsall, England (Travelling Exhibition)
2009   National Museum of Contemporary Art, 'Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art / Open Your Third Eye', Seoul, Korea (Travelling Exhibition)
2009   Essl Museum, 'Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art', Klosterneuburg, Austria (Travelling Exhibition)
2009   Astrup Fearnley Museum, 'Indian Highway', Oslo, Norway (Travelling Exhibition)
2008   Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, 'Virus', Gateshead, England (solo)
2008   Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, 'Sing to them that will listen', Paris, France (solo)
2007   Jack Shainman Gallery, 'An Absence of Assignable Cause', New York NY (solo)
2007   Nature Morte, 'An Absence of Assignable Cause', New Delhi, India (solo)
2006   Gallery 88 and Gallery Ske, 'Do not Meddle in the Affairs of Dragons, Because You Are Crunchy and Taste Good with Ketchup', Mumbai, India (solo)
2004   Gallery Ske, 'Quasi-, mim-, ne-, near-, semi-, -ish, -like', Bangalore, India (solo)
2004   Nature Morte, 'Hungry Dogs Eat Dirty Pudding', New Delhi, India (solo)
2001   Gallery Chemould, 'The Private Softness of Skin', Mumbai, India (solo)
2000   Bose Pacia Gallery, 'The Private Softness of Skin', New York NY (solo)
1999   Galerie F.I.A, 'Telling Tails', Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1997   Galerie F.I.A, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1995   Art Heritage, New Delhi, India (solo)
1993   AIFACS, New Delhi, India (solo)