Toba Khedoori’s works depict objects and everyday environments divorced from any background. Whether drawing and painting onto thin sheets of paper and stapling these directly onto the wall, or using canvas as physical support, her delicately shaded, often large-scale compositions are poised between ephemerality and monumentality. Doors and windows, chairs and stairs, fences and bricks, train compartments and fireplaces appear at once familiar and unrecognizable, and their “neither-here-nor-there” presence seems to become a space for meditation.
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 recent body of work by the gallery with Radius Books and includes an essay by artist and writer Julien Bismuth.
Currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a major solo exhibition of Khedoori’s new and early work, marking her first museum survey in over a decade (through January 2, 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; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (both 2001); and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (1997). Her first museum solo exhibition was organized in 1997 by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which 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); 1995 Whitney Biennial; among numerous others.
Major museum collections which hold works by the artist include the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She lives and works in Los Angeles.