David Zwirner is pleased to announce the representation of Huma Bhabha. The gallery will present new work by the artist in New York in 2024. Bhabha will continue to work on special projects with Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, and will continue to be represented by David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles and Xavier Hufkens in Brussels.
Since the 1990s, Bhabha has become known for layered and nuanced work that centers on a reinvention of the figure and its expressive possibilities. In her formally inventive practice, which encompasses sculpture, drawings, and photography, Bhabha draws from a wide range of references, from those that span the history of art—including Egyptian reliquaries, African sculpture, Greek kouroi, Gandharan Buddhas, as well as the work of such modern and contemporary artists as Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Rauschenberg, and Franz West, among others—to quotidian influences such as science fiction and horror films and the makeshift structures and detritus of urban life. Employing found materials including Styrofoam, plastic bags, cork, scavenged wood, clay, and paint, in addition to traditional materials such as bronze, she builds around a central armature in an additive process before carving, modeling, gouging, painting, or otherwise marking the surfaces of her sculptures. Bhabha combines and transforms her materials into profoundly resonant hybrid forms in which the past, present, and future coalesce. At once monstrous, animal, alien, and deeply human, her totemic figures hover between states of ruin and repair, recalling cycles of growth and decay, destruction and restoration, thereby challenging our understanding of permanence and monumentality and of personal and collective histories.
David Zwirner states, “Huma Bhabha’s art making has always struck me as truly singular. Her formal references, which can take you back to the very beginning of sculpture as well as into the future, are often jarring and dissonant, yet always project an otherworldly beauty. I find it fascinating that discussions around aesthetics have been moving ever more in her direction in recent years, and, increasingly, her practice feels like it will be central for our times. I’m honored that Huma has decided to join our gallery.”
Huma Bhabha was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1962 and moved to the United States in 1981 to attend Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, from which she received her BFA in 1985. She later studied at the School of the Arts at Columbia University, New York, from which she received her MFA in 1989. The artist presently lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York.
A solo presentation of Bhabha’s work curated by Nicholas Baume is currently on view at Fundación Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, Mexico, through January 2023. In 2020, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, presented Huma Bhabha: Against Time. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, organized Huma Bhabha: They Live, on view in 2019, and published an accompanying catalogue. An installation of the artist’s work, Huma Bhabha: We Come in Peace, was commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2018 for their roof garden.
photo: Daniel Dorsa