Artists

Idris Khan

Born in Birmingham in 1978, British artist Idris Khan gained international acclaim shortly after completing his studies at the Royal College of Art in London. His photographic and video works often combine art and artefacts from various spheres of literature, visual arts, and music. Exploring philosophical and theoretical ideas surrounding global displacement and conflict, Khan demonstrates his profound interest in language and meaning over a wide array of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper or glass. Khan has developed a unique narrative, drawing on diverse cultural sources including art, literature, philosophy, and music. His densely-layered imagery inhabits the space between abstraction and figuration encompassing aspects of history, cumulative experience, and the metaphysical collapse of time into a single moment.

Idris Khan studied photography at the University of Derby before graduating in 2004 from the Royal College of Art in London. Khan’s work has been shown internationally, including in recent solo shows at The New Art Gallery Walsall, England (2017), The Witworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2017), Sadler’s Wells (2011), Gothenburg Konsthall (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2010), Kunsthaus Murz, Murzzuschlag, Austria (2010), and K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (2008). His work has also been included in group shows at the Pasquart, Biel (2017), the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (2015), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2014), Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville (2013), The British Museum (2012), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2012), Fundament Foundation, Tilburg (2011), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2010), and Martin-Gropius-Bau (2009). His work is in the public collections of the British Arts Council Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, The British Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National des Beaux Arts, Québec, The National Gallery of Art, London, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., National Gallery of San Francisco, Philadelphia Museum of Art, SFMOMA, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2014, Khan collaborated with choreographer Wayne McGregor and Composer Max Richter to produce stage designs for Kairos, a featured production in STEPS, Switzerland’s contemporary dance biennale. In 2016, Khan was commissioned to design a permanent public monument for the new Memorial Park in Abu Dhabi for which he was awarded the American Architecture Prize for the Design of the Year 2017. In the same year he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2004, he received The Photographers’ Gallery Prize. Idris Khan lives and works in London.

 

selected  SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS

2018
21 Stones, British Museum, London, England

2017
Absorbing Light, Victoria Miro, London, England
A World Within, The New Art Gallery Walsall, England
The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, England

2016
RHYTHMS, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2015
Overture, Sean Kelly, New York, NY, USA
Conflicting Lines, Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London, England

2013
Beginning at the End, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, UAE
Beyond the Black, Victoria Miro, London, England

 2012/13
Photographs and Drawings, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

 2012
New Photographs, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
The Devil’s Wall, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University, Manchester, England
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2011
Contrary Motion / Kontrapunktisk rörelse, Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg, Sweden
The Devil’s Wall, Yvon Lambert, New York, USA

2010
Last 3 Piano Sonatas . . . after Franz Schubert, I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, USA
Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England

2009
Still Revolution: Suspended in Time, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
Kunsthaus Murz, Murzzuschlag, Austria
Be Lost In The Call, Gallery Elementa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Collection, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Silent Writings, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

2008
Fragile, New Public Art Commission, Howick Place, London, England
Every…, K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

2007
KunstFilmBiennale, Köln, Germany
Birmingham Arts Festival, England
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Yvon Lambert, New York, USA
Artprojx, an artist film compilation, Late at Tate Britain, London, England

2006
A Memory After Bach’s Cello Suites, film installation, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, France
Film-maker Focus, The Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol, England
Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
A Memory After Bach’s Cello Suites, film installation, Institute of International Visual Arts – INIVA, London, England
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2001
Future Focus, The Q Gallery, Derby, England

2000
Courts, The City Gallery, Leicester, England

 

selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London, England

2018
Actions. The image of the world can be different, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, England

2017
Extended Compositions, Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland

2015/16
In & Out Of Time, Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India

2015
A Brief History of Time (and Memory), The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA
By the Book, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Birmingham Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, England

2014/15
One Way: Peter Marino, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL, USA
Under Erasure, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

2014
Clear, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Victoria Miro at Schloss Sihlberg, Zurich, Schwitzerland

2013/14
TIME, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA

2013
Hajj – The Journey Through Art, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar
Une exposition parlée, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
THOUGHT, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Slow: Marking Time in Photography and Film, MOCA, Jacksonville, FL, USA
Une exposition sans textes. Suite pour exposition(s) et publication(s),deuxième movement; Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz; Nogent-sur Marne, France

2012/13
I Wish This Was A Song – Music in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway

2012
Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, The British Museum, London, United Kingdom
RESISTANCE: Subverting the Camera, Fine Arts Society – Contemporary, London, England
British Group Exhibition, London Arts Club, London, United Kingdom
Show RCA 2012, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
Moments of Reprieve – Representing Loss in Contemporary Photography, Paradise Row Gallery, London, England
I Wish I Was A Song. Music in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
A House Full Of Music. Strategien in Musik und Kunst, Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Germany
This is London, Shizaru Gallery, London, England
Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon, Traffic, Dubai
Lost in Paradise. Du spiritual dans l’art actuel, Espace Sévigné, Paris, France

2011
Lustwarande, Lustwarande ’11 – Raw, De Oude Warande park, Tilburg, Netherlands
LITOS GRAFERA, Rogaland Museum of Fine Arts, Stavanger, Norway
Passing Time, Center for the Arts Wesleyan University, USA
The Witching Hour: Darkness and the Architectural Uncanny, PM Gallery & House, London, England
STILL/moving, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

2010
Newspeak: British Art Now, The Saatchi Gallery, London, England
No New Thing Under the Sun, Royal Academy of Arts, Tennant Gallery, London, England
The Witching Hour, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England
Haunted: Contemporary Photography, Video, Performance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

2009/10
Taswir, Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne / Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany

2009
The Collection, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Natural Wonders. New Art from London, Baibakov art projects, Moscow, Russia
Edition Copenhagen – Retrospective 1959 – 2009, Den frie udstilling, Copenhagen, Denmark
Orden desde el caos. Fotografía británica contemporánea, Sala Santa Ines, Sevilla, Spain
Silent Writings, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Still Revolution: Suspended in Time, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
Feedbackstage, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany (curated by Fiona Liewehr, in cooperation with Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna)

2008
Le Réveil des Oiseaux, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Now Showing – New film and video from the Arts Council Collection, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum – Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, England
Cancelled, Erased & Removed, A Group Show, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Orden desde el caos. Fotografía británica contemporánea, Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía, Almería, Spain
Grotto, Museum 52 – London, London, England
Editions and Acquisitions 2008, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, England
Sound of Art, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria
Bookish – When books become art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Under Erasure, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Yours, Mine, Ours, UECLAA – University of Essex, Colchester, England
P2P, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg
A Memory After Bach’s Cello Suites, Kunst Film Biennale, Cologne
these valued landscapes, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, England
Art Park, Art Dubai

2007
Mario Testino at Home (curated by Mario Testino), Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York City, New York
Review, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Art Protects, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
All Tomorrow’s Pictures, ICA – Institute of contemporary Arts London, London, England
Artprojx, an artist film compilation, Late at Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom

2006
Imposing Order: Contemporary Photography and the Archive, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
Film-Maker Focus, The Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol, United Kingdom
Le Studio, Project Room, Yvonne Lambert, Paris, France
ReGeneration. 50 Photographers of Tomorrow. Aperture Foundation Gallery, New York, USA
“Il faut rendre à Cézanne” Group Show 2006, Yvon Lambert, New York, US
Site Inspection/Ortbegehung, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Rencontres d´Arles 2006 (festival), Arles, France

2005
Something of the Night, Leeds City Gallery, Leeds, England
Andmoreagain, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, England
To be continued…,  Helsinki Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland (British Council)
ReGeneration. 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland ,Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy
Young Masters, 148a St. John Street, London, England
Photography 2005, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England

2004
Photo Paris represented by The Photographers Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Project Space: ‘The Truth Society,’ Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, England
Arrivals, Pump House Gallery, Battersea, London, England
On The Edge, Hiscox Gallery, London, England
Summer Show, Hoopers Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Hoopers Gallery, Clerkenwell, London, England
Show 1 MA, Royal College of Art, London, England
Photography 2004, Royal College of Art, London, England

2003
Ausländer, The Dahl Gallery, Lucerne Switzerland
Essen Arts Festival, Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany
Another Way Is Possible, Royal College of Art, London, England

 

COMMISSIONS AND OTHER PROJECTS

2013
Set design for a production of ‘The Four Seasons’ in collaboration with composer Max Richter and choreographer Wayne McGregor, which will show at the Zurich Opera House to in April 2014

2012
5 photographs for The New York Times Magazine (‘London Eye’ featured on the cover)
Wall drawing for Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, British Museum, London, England

  • Still While, Still Light, 2019
    oil based ink on gesso on dark blue aluminum panel. Aluminium tray frame, dark blue powder-coated finish

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  • Idris Khan, Blue c-print, music, scores, repetition, Galerie Thomas Schulte, 2019

    The calm is but a wall, 2019
    C-print on aluminum

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  • 65,000 Photographs (Maquette), 2019
    Jesmonite and steel armature

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  • Unhearing and Unseeing, 2019
    oil based ink on gesso on dark blue aluminum panel

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  • The Old Tune, 2019
    Digital C-type print on aluminum

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  • Idris Khan, blue, C-Print, musical scores, repetition, layers, time, Galerie Thomas Schulte

    Lost Happiness, 2019
    C-print on aluminum

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  • Yet to be titled, 2019
    oil based ink on gesso on dark blue aluminum panel

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  • Yet to be titled, 2019
    oil based ink on gesso on dark blue aluminum panel

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  • Yet to be titled, 2019
    oil based ink on gesso on dark blue aluminum panel

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  • Quartet, 2019
    Gesso and oil stick on black and white fibre print mounted on aluminum panel

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  • Quartet, 2019
    Gesso and oil stick on black and white fibre print mounted on aluminum panel

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  • White Windows July 2015 - August 2018, 2019
    bromide print

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  • White-Windows; April-2017 - January-2019, 2019
    bromide print

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  • White Windows; September 2016-
    May 2018, 2019
    Bromide print

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  • White Windows; June 2015-December 2017, 2019
    Bromide print

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  • White Windows; August 2017-July 2018, 2019
    Bromide print

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  • Moments of Calm, 2018
    with red oil based ink stamped glass, on gessoed aluminum panel

  • Idris Kahn, Rough Seas, 2018, 3 glass sheets stamped with white oil-based ink, aluminum, rubber, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

    Rough Seas, 2018
    3 glass sheets stamped with white oil-based ink, aluminum, rubber

  • The Beginning, 2016
    glass and aluminum

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  • Numbers, 2016
    stamped glass, aluminum

  • Caravaggio, 2006
    Digital collage type print

  • A,D. 959 B,D. 960 C,D. 958... After Franz Schubert, 2007
    Digital C-Type mounted on aluminum

  • Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis After Lacan, 2009
    Digital C print mounted on aluminum

  • Blossfeldt ....After Karl Blossfeldt 'Art Forms in Nature', 2005
    Lambda digital C-print mounted on aluminum

  • This Rose, 2012
    digital bromide

  • Seven Times (detail), 2010
    Set of 49 from 144 sandblasted oil-sealed blue steel cubes

  • Beginning or End, 2012
    wall drawing oil based ink emulsion

  • Rhythms 2, 2016
    18 parts work, oil on paper and canvas

  • Rhythms 3, 2016
    5 parts work, oil on paper and canvas

  • Rhythms 2, 2016
    18 parts work, oil on paper and canvas

  • The Park, 2014
    white oil based ink on gesso

  • A Field Of Dust, 2015
    digital bromide mounted on aluminum

  • A Blanket Of White, 2015
    digital print on aluminum

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  • Church Walk Studio 12, 2015
    platinum Palladium

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  • Church Walk Studio 14, 2015
    platinum Palladium

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  • Church Walk Studio 15, 2015
    platinum Palladium

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  • A Grey Bucket, 2015
    C-print mounted on aluminum

  • Four Minutes and Thirty Three Seconds, 2012
    Digital C type mounted on aluminum

CAPTION

Idris Khan speaks about his exhibition at Galerie Thomas Schulte, September 2019

Still While, Still Light, 2019
oil based ink on gesso on dark blue aluminum panel. Aluminium tray frame, dark blue powder-coated finish
Framed: 177 x 254 x 5 cm | 69 2/3 x 100 x 2 in

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Idris Khan, Blue c-print, music, scores, repetition, Galerie Thomas Schulte, 2019

The calm is but a wall, 2019
C-print on aluminum
Framed: 193 x 301.7 x 7.6 cm | 76 x 118 3/4 x 3 in

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65,000 Photographs (Maquette), 2019
Jesmonite and steel armature
99.2 x 15 x 11.2 cm | 39 x 6 x 4 1/2 in

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Unhearing and Unseeing, 2019
oil based ink on gesso on dark blue aluminum panel
Framed: 143.2 x 132.2 x 5 cm | 56 1/3 x 52 x 2 in

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The Old Tune, 2019
Digital C-type print on aluminum
Framed: 182 x 140 x 7.6 cm | 71 1/2 x 55 x 3 in

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Idris Khan, blue, C-Print, musical scores, repetition, layers, time, Galerie Thomas Schulte

Lost Happiness, 2019
C-print on aluminum
Framed: 251 x 193 x 7.6 cm | 98 3/4 x 76 x 3 in

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Yet to be titled, 2019
oil based ink on gesso on dark blue aluminum panel
Framed: 52.2 x 67.2 x 5 cm | 20 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 2 in

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Yet to be titled, 2019
oil based ink on gesso on dark blue aluminum panel
Framed: 67 x 52 x 5 cm | 26 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 2 in

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Yet to be titled, 2019
oil based ink on gesso on dark blue aluminum panel
Framed: 52.2 x 67.2 x 5 cm | 20 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 2 in

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Quartet, 2019
Gesso and oil stick on black and white fibre print mounted on aluminum panel
77.3 x 52.7 x 1.5 cm | 30 1/2 x 20 3/4 x 1/2 in

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Quartet, 2019
Gesso and oil stick on black and white fibre print mounted on aluminum panel
77.3 x 52.7 x 1.5 cm | 30 1/2 x 20 3/4 x 1/2 in

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White Windows July 2015 - August 2018, 2019
bromide print
Framed: 82 x 69.4 x 6 cm | 32 1/4 x 27 1/3 x 2 1/3 in

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White-Windows; April-2017 - January-2019, 2019
bromide print
Framed: 149 x 123 x 7 cm | 58 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 2 3/4 in

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White Windows; September 2016 - May 2018, 2019
bromide print
framed: 156 x 123 x 7 cm | 61 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 2 3/4 in

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White Windows; June 2015-December 2017, 2019
Bromide print
framed: 156 x 123 x 7 cm | 61 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 2 3/4 in

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White Windows; August 2017-July 2018, 2019
Bromide print
framed: 156 x 123 x 7 cm | 61 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 2 3/4 in

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Moments of Calm, 2018
red oil based ink stamped glass, on gessoed aluminum panel
83 x 77 x 9 cm | 32 2/3 x 30 1/2 x 3 1/2 in

Idris Kahn, Rough Seas, 2018, 3 glass sheets stamped with white oil-based ink, aluminum, rubber, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

Rough Seas, 2018
3 glass sheets stamped with white oil-based ink, aluminum, rubber
165 x 140 x 18 cm | 65 x 55 x 7 in

The Beginning, 2016
glass and aluminum
107 x 339.6 x 85 cm | 42 x 133 2/3 x 33 1/2 in

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Numbers, 2016
stamped glass, aluminum
156 x 140 cm | 61 1/2 x 55 in

Caravaggio, 2006
Digital collage type print
257 x 173 cm | 101 1/4 x 68 in

A,D. 959 B,D. 960 C,D. 958... After Franz Schubert, 2007
Digital C-Type mounted on aluminum
274 x 542 cm | 107 3/4 x 213 1/2 in

Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis After Lacan, 2009
Digital C print mounted on aluminum
193 x 174 cm | 70 x 77 in

Blossfeldt ....After Karl Blossfeldt 'Art Forms in Nature', 2005
Lambda digital C-print mounted on aluminum
250 x 192 x 5 cm | 98 1/2 x 75 2/3 x 2 in

This Rose, 2012
digital bromide
framed: 91.4 x 91.4 cm | 36 x 36 in

Seven Times (detail), 2010
Set of 49 from 144 sandblasted oil-sealed blue steel cubes
(49x) 32 x 28 x 34 cm | 12.6 x 11.02 x 13.39 in

Beginning or End, 2012
wall drawing oil based ink emulsion
dimensions variable

Rhythms 2, 2016
18-part work, oil on paper and canvas
framed: (18x) 35.5 x 28 x 4 cm | 14 x 11 x 1 1/2 in

Rhythms 3, 2016
5-part work, oil on paper and canvas
framed: (5x) 35.5 x 28 cm x 4 cm | 14 x 11 x 1.57 in

Rhythms 2, 2016
18-part work, oil on paper and canvas
framed: (18x) 35.5 x 28 x 4 cm | 14 x 11 x 1 1/2 in

The Park, 2014
white oil based ink on gesso
framed: 73.5 x 72.3 cm | 29 x 28 1/2 in

A Field Of Dust, 2015
digital bromide mounted on aluminum
Framed: 69.2 x 59 x 5. cm | 27 1/4 x 23 1/4 x 2 in

A Blanket Of White, 2015
digital print on aluminum
Framed: 184 x 214 x 9.5 cm | 72 1/2 x 84 1/4 x 3 3/4 in

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Church Walk Studio 12, 2015
platinum Palladium
Framed: 45 x 55 cm | 17 3/4 x 21 2/3 in

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Church Walk Studio 14, 2015
platinum Palladium
Framed: 45 x 55 cm | 17 3/4 x 21 2/3 in

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Church Walk Studio 15, 2015
platinum Palladium
Framed: 45 x 55 cm | 17 3/4 x 21 2/3 in

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A Grey Bucket, 2015
C-print mounted on aluminum
Framed: 184 x 214 x 9.5 cm | 72 1/2 x 84 1/4 x 3 3/4 in

Four Minutes and Thirty Three Seconds, 2012
Digital C type mounted on aluminum
framed: 167 x 287.3 cm | 65 3/4 x 113 in

Biography and Concept

Born in Birmingham in 1978, British artist Idris Khan gained international acclaim shortly after completing his studies at the Royal College of Art in London. His photographic and video works often combine art and artefacts from various spheres of literature, visual arts, and music. Exploring philosophical and theoretical ideas surrounding global displacement and conflict, Khan demonstrates his profound interest in language and meaning over a wide array of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper or glass. Khan has developed a unique narrative, drawing on diverse cultural sources including art, literature, philosophy, and music. His densely-layered imagery inhabits the space between abstraction and figuration encompassing aspects of history, cumulative experience, and the metaphysical collapse of time into a single moment.

Idris Khan studied photography at the University of Derby before graduating in 2004 from the Royal College of Art in London. Khan’s work has been shown internationally, including in recent solo shows at The New Art Gallery Walsall, England (2017), The Witworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2017), Sadler’s Wells (2011), Gothenburg Konsthall (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2010), Kunsthaus Murz, Murzzuschlag, Austria (2010), and K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (2008). His work has also been included in group shows at the Pasquart, Biel (2017), the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (2015), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2014), Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville (2013), The British Museum (2012), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2012), Fundament Foundation, Tilburg (2011), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2010), and Martin-Gropius-Bau (2009). His work is in the public collections of the British Arts Council Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, The British Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National des Beaux Arts, Québec, The National Gallery of Art, London, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., National Gallery of San Francisco, Philadelphia Museum of Art, SFMOMA, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2014, Khan collaborated with choreographer Wayne McGregor and Composer Max Richter to produce stage designs for Kairos, a featured production in STEPS, Switzerland’s contemporary dance biennale. In 2016, Khan was commissioned to design a permanent public monument for the new Memorial Park in Abu Dhabi for which he was awarded the American Architecture Prize for the Design of the Year 2017. In the same year he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2004, he received The Photographers’ Gallery Prize. Idris Khan lives and works in London.

 

Exhibitions

selected  SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS

2018
21 Stones, British Museum, London, England

2017
Absorbing Light, Victoria Miro, London, England
A World Within, The New Art Gallery Walsall, England
The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, England

2016
RHYTHMS, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2015
Overture, Sean Kelly, New York, NY, USA
Conflicting Lines, Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London, England

2013
Beginning at the End, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, UAE
Beyond the Black, Victoria Miro, London, England

 2012/13
Photographs and Drawings, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

 2012
New Photographs, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
The Devil’s Wall, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University, Manchester, England
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2011
Contrary Motion / Kontrapunktisk rörelse, Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg, Sweden
The Devil’s Wall, Yvon Lambert, New York, USA

2010
Last 3 Piano Sonatas . . . after Franz Schubert, I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, USA
Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England

2009
Still Revolution: Suspended in Time, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
Kunsthaus Murz, Murzzuschlag, Austria
Be Lost In The Call, Gallery Elementa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Collection, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Silent Writings, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

2008
Fragile, New Public Art Commission, Howick Place, London, England
Every…, K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

2007
KunstFilmBiennale, Köln, Germany
Birmingham Arts Festival, England
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Yvon Lambert, New York, USA
Artprojx, an artist film compilation, Late at Tate Britain, London, England

2006
A Memory After Bach’s Cello Suites, film installation, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, France
Film-maker Focus, The Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol, England
Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
A Memory After Bach’s Cello Suites, film installation, Institute of International Visual Arts – INIVA, London, England
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2001
Future Focus, The Q Gallery, Derby, England

2000
Courts, The City Gallery, Leicester, England

 

selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London, England

2018
Actions. The image of the world can be different, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, England

2017
Extended Compositions, Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland

2015/16
In & Out Of Time, Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India

2015
A Brief History of Time (and Memory), The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA
By the Book, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Birmingham Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, England

2014/15
One Way: Peter Marino, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL, USA
Under Erasure, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

2014
Clear, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Victoria Miro at Schloss Sihlberg, Zurich, Schwitzerland

2013/14
TIME, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA

2013
Hajj – The Journey Through Art, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar
Une exposition parlée, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
THOUGHT, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Slow: Marking Time in Photography and Film, MOCA, Jacksonville, FL, USA
Une exposition sans textes. Suite pour exposition(s) et publication(s),deuxième movement; Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz; Nogent-sur Marne, France

2012/13
I Wish This Was A Song – Music in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway

2012
Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, The British Museum, London, United Kingdom
RESISTANCE: Subverting the Camera, Fine Arts Society – Contemporary, London, England
British Group Exhibition, London Arts Club, London, United Kingdom
Show RCA 2012, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
Moments of Reprieve – Representing Loss in Contemporary Photography, Paradise Row Gallery, London, England
I Wish I Was A Song. Music in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
A House Full Of Music. Strategien in Musik und Kunst, Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Germany
This is London, Shizaru Gallery, London, England
Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon, Traffic, Dubai
Lost in Paradise. Du spiritual dans l’art actuel, Espace Sévigné, Paris, France

2011
Lustwarande, Lustwarande ’11 – Raw, De Oude Warande park, Tilburg, Netherlands
LITOS GRAFERA, Rogaland Museum of Fine Arts, Stavanger, Norway
Passing Time, Center for the Arts Wesleyan University, USA
The Witching Hour: Darkness and the Architectural Uncanny, PM Gallery & House, London, England
STILL/moving, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

2010
Newspeak: British Art Now, The Saatchi Gallery, London, England
No New Thing Under the Sun, Royal Academy of Arts, Tennant Gallery, London, England
The Witching Hour, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England
Haunted: Contemporary Photography, Video, Performance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

2009/10
Taswir, Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne / Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany

2009
The Collection, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
Natural Wonders. New Art from London, Baibakov art projects, Moscow, Russia
Edition Copenhagen – Retrospective 1959 – 2009, Den frie udstilling, Copenhagen, Denmark
Orden desde el caos. Fotografía británica contemporánea, Sala Santa Ines, Sevilla, Spain
Silent Writings, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Still Revolution: Suspended in Time, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
Feedbackstage, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany (curated by Fiona Liewehr, in cooperation with Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna)

2008
Le Réveil des Oiseaux, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Now Showing – New film and video from the Arts Council Collection, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum – Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, England
Cancelled, Erased & Removed, A Group Show, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Orden desde el caos. Fotografía británica contemporánea, Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía, Almería, Spain
Grotto, Museum 52 – London, London, England
Editions and Acquisitions 2008, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, England
Sound of Art, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria
Bookish – When books become art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Under Erasure, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Yours, Mine, Ours, UECLAA – University of Essex, Colchester, England
P2P, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg
A Memory After Bach’s Cello Suites, Kunst Film Biennale, Cologne
these valued landscapes, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, England
Art Park, Art Dubai

2007
Mario Testino at Home (curated by Mario Testino), Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York City, New York
Review, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Art Protects, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
All Tomorrow’s Pictures, ICA – Institute of contemporary Arts London, London, England
Artprojx, an artist film compilation, Late at Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom

2006
Imposing Order: Contemporary Photography and the Archive, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
Film-Maker Focus, The Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol, United Kingdom
Le Studio, Project Room, Yvonne Lambert, Paris, France
ReGeneration. 50 Photographers of Tomorrow. Aperture Foundation Gallery, New York, USA
“Il faut rendre à Cézanne” Group Show 2006, Yvon Lambert, New York, US
Site Inspection/Ortbegehung, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Rencontres d´Arles 2006 (festival), Arles, France

2005
Something of the Night, Leeds City Gallery, Leeds, England
Andmoreagain, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, England
To be continued…,  Helsinki Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland (British Council)
ReGeneration. 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland ,Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy
Young Masters, 148a St. John Street, London, England
Photography 2005, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England

2004
Photo Paris represented by The Photographers Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Project Space: ‘The Truth Society,’ Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, England
Arrivals, Pump House Gallery, Battersea, London, England
On The Edge, Hiscox Gallery, London, England
Summer Show, Hoopers Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Hoopers Gallery, Clerkenwell, London, England
Show 1 MA, Royal College of Art, London, England
Photography 2004, Royal College of Art, London, England

2003
Ausländer, The Dahl Gallery, Lucerne Switzerland
Essen Arts Festival, Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany
Another Way Is Possible, Royal College of Art, London, England

 

COMMISSIONS AND OTHER PROJECTS

2013
Set design for a production of ‘The Four Seasons’ in collaboration with composer Max Richter and choreographer Wayne McGregor, which will show at the Zurich Opera House to in April 2014

2012
5 photographs for The New York Times Magazine (‘London Eye’ featured on the cover)
Wall drawing for Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, British Museum, London, England