Toba Khedoori - Biography | David Zwirner

Toba Khedoori

- Biography

Toba Khedoori is known for her precisely rendered, intricate works depicting familiar objects divorced from any background. For the past two decades, she has created her own atlas of solitary spaces, windows, doors, train compartments, and horizon lines always devoid of a human presence. Usually drawn, and sometimes painted, onto paper, the otherwise empty compositions envelop the viewer's entire field of vision, but their proportion appears autonomous from a real-life referent. The works appear at once fragile and monumental, flat and illusory.

Born in 1964 in Sydney, Khedoori received her M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1994. Joining the gallery that same year, she was one of the first artists to be represented by David Zwirner. A solo show, which marked her sixth at the gallery in New York, was on view in 2012. A publication was produced on the occasion of this body of work by the gallery with Radius Books and includes an essay by Julien Bismuth. 

In 2019-2020, a large selection of works by Khedoori was presented in a group exhibition titled Resonating Spaces at Fondation Beyeler in Basel. In 2016, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art organized a major solo exhibition of Khedoori’s work, marking her first museum survey in over a decade. The show traveled to Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in 2017.

Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide, including the St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri (2003); Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2002); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2001); Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2001); and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (1997). Her first museum solo exhibition was organized in 1997 by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and traveled to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

In 2002, Khedoori was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Grant. She has participated in a number of international group exhibitions, including the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); Liverpool Biennial (2006); 26th São Paulo Biennial (2004); and the 1995 Whitney Biennial, among others. 

Work by the artist is represented in major museum collections worldwide, including The Broad, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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