Museum Exhibitions & Projects
Nicholas Hlobo: umBhovuzo: The Parable of ...
November 18 – 19, 2017
Harlem Parish, New York
Museum Beelden aan Ze...
Nicholas Hlobo: Imilonji Yembali (Melodies...
February 12 – May 16, 2016
SCAD Museum of Art, S...
The Divine Comedy Heaven, Hell, Purgatory ...
October 16, 2014 – January 25, 2015
Nicholas Hlobo: Intethe (Sketch for an Ope...
November 9 – December 21, 2013
National Museum of Ar...
Nicholas Hlobo: Sculpture, Installation, P...
March 4 – May 29, 2011
December 9, 2008 – March 29, 2009
Institute for Contemp...
Momentum 11: Nicholas Hlobo
July 30 – October 26, 2008
September 20, 2017
Wall Street Journal
May 15, 2016
May 14, 2016
The New Yorker
March 30, 2016
Sculpture Magazine Nicholas Hlobo: Where is Your Navel?
February 18, 2016
New York Observer
March 9, 2015
October 18, 2012
June 18, 2012
The Art Newspaper
June 3, 2011
November 30, 2010
April 30, 2008
Nicholas Hlobo joins Lehmann Maupin
Nicholas Hlobo, one of South Africa’s leading contemporary artists, has joined Lehmann Maupin. Known for his intricate installations, Hlobo investigates issues of identity, sexuality, gender, and class in the context of his South African heritage.
Materials play a significant role in Hlobo’s multi-disciplinary practice, which includes painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, works on paper, and video installation. He prefers tactile items such as ribbon, leather, wood, and rubber, exploring the symbolic power of these raw materials and their potential for transformation.
As part of the Xhosa people, Hlobo makes work that is anchored in his South African background. The linguistic flexibility of the Xhosa language, with its poetic idioms, proverbs, and double entendres, allows the artist to discuss the various facets of his own personal identity alongside a wider cultural history.
“Nicholas Hlobo is a fantastic artist with incredible international recognition,” said Rachel Lehmann. “Like a poet, he is exploring the in between places that are difficult to define - such as the area between male and female, between white, gray, and black. The themes he addresses of nationality, race, gender, sexuality, and identity are all strongly engaged with Lehmann Maupin’s programing and have ties to the work of Kader Attia, Robin Rhode, Mickalene Thomas, and Adriana Varejão.”
The artist’s first show with Lehmann Maupin is scheduled for 2016 in New York.