September 21, 2017 - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Bharti Kher: Sketchbooks and Diaries
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September 21, 2017

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Bharti Kher, Untitled, 2013. Mixed media on paper, 42 x 30 cm.

Bharti Kher
Sketchbooks and Diaries
September 20, 2017–September 10, 2018

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
United States
Hours: Wednesday–Monday 11am–5pm,
Thursday 11am–9pm

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Bharti Kher
Sketchbooks and Diaries
September 20, 2017–September 10, 2018

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
United States
Hours: Wednesday–Monday 11am–5pm,
Thursday 11am–9pm

T +1 617 566 1401
press@isgm.org

www.gardnermuseum.org
Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

While living at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as an Artist-in-Residence, Bharti Kher spent time wandering the galleries, contemplating the works of art, feeling enriched and recharged, and, in response, created a portfolio of drawings which will be on view in the Fenway Gallery, beginning September 20.

For the exhibition called Bharti Kher: Sketchbooks and Diaries, Kher has installed a series of drawings taken from her 42 cm x 30 cm sketchbook as well as a journal, writings, and reflections created during her month-long residency in 2013. Featured are 11 framed drawings as well as four unframed drawings, a diary, and photographs presented in a long case. Also included in the exhibition are a plaster cast of a pregnant belly, a pair of cement sandals, and one framed mixed media work.

“Kher seems to have had just the right amount of affection and irony for the objects she was looking at in the galleries,” said Pieranna Cavalchini, the Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art who directs the Artist-in-Residency Program. “The drawings are very tactile and often provocative. They are charged with humor and a capriciousness that is smart and mischievous at the same time.”

For some of the drawings, Kher assumes the mask or skin of an animal and portrays herself with a slightly suggestive pose or smile, projecting a strong sense of self. The works reflect on gender, motherhood, biology, the female figure, and the artist’s interested in 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,” Cavalchini said.

Born in London in 1969, Kher was in residence at the Museum in 2013 and 2015. She studied at Middlesex Polytechnic in London and earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art painting with honors at New Castle Polytechnic in 1988.

Her work has been exhibited globally, including at the Freud Museum, London; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; MAXXI Museum, Roma; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Saatchi Gallery, London; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; with solo shows at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; Kukje Gallery, Seoul; Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong and Paris; Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London; and Nature Morte, New Delhi.


The Artist-in-Residence Program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, the Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Barbara Lee Program Fund. Funding is also provided for site specific installations of new work on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Facade on Evans Way. The museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media Sponsor: Boston Magazine.

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