Born Karachi, Pakistan

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY






BA, BFA, Painting and Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI






30 / 60 / 90, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India
Constructed Landscape, curated by Rachel Adams, Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Austin Museum of Art - Art House, The Jones Center, Austin, Texas 

Soft Brutalism: A Project for the Utah Biennial, dual exhibition with Matthew Antezzo, curated by Aaron Moulton, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT


Radiant Lines, Nature Morte, Berlin, Germany 



Object Anxiety, Scaramouche, New York



Paper to Monument, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India



Jihad Pop, Bose Pacia, New York



The Black Star, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY




Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space, curated by Hammad Nasar and Iftikhar Dadi, The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University
Observed Ratios, curated by Katherine Carl, The Graduate Center's James Gallery, CUNY Center for the Humanities, New York 
Mondo Utah; Soft Brutalism, Matthew Antezzo and Seher Shah, curated by Aaron Moulton Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London, U.K. Curated by Mary Doyle, Kate Macfarlane and Katharine Stout.
Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show, curated by Andrianna Campbell and Daniel Palmer, Abrons Art Center, New York 
Exhibition without Objects, curated by Sadia Shirazi, Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi, India


Radical Terrain, curated by Beth Citron, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 
New Geometries of the Infinite.
Lakereen gallery, Mumbai, India, curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala.
Cynical Love: Life in the Everyday,
curated by Gayatri Sinha,Kiran Nader Museum of Art, New Delhi, India

Lines of Control, Green Cardamom Project, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Intersections on Paper, Sherin Najjar Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Brute Ornament, bi-solo exhibition with Kamrooz Aram, curated by Murtaza Vali, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates



Positions, curated by Marion Wild, GBG Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

Drawing 2011, Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK

Drawn from Life, Green Cardamom Project, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria, UK

Manual for Treason, Artist projects, Sharjah Biennial X publication, edited by Murtaza Vali

Eccentric Architecture, curated by Hitomi Iwasaki, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY



20/20: Envisioning the Future, Above Second, Hong Kong, China

Uber Wut / On Rage, curated by Valerie Smith, Susan Stemmler and Cordula Hamschmidt, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany

Spiral Jetty, curated by Peter Nagy, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India

Alternative Cartographies, Headlands Center for the Arts Project Space, Sausilito, CA



Herd Thinner, curated by David Hunt, Charest Weinberg, Miami, FL

Public Access Collective: Art/Culture/ Ideas. Projects for a small world,

Artist projects: curated by Gregory Burke, The Power Plant and Christine Davis

Group exhibition, Nature Morte, Berlin, Germany

How Nations are Made, curated by Hammad Nasar, Green Cardamom project, Cartwright Hall, UK

The Last Sessions, curated by Jan van Woensel, Flemish Cultural Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jameel prize, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K. Traveling through 2011 to: The National Museum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, The National Museum, Damascus, Beiteddine Palace, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, UAE, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, La Villa des Arts, Casablanca, Morocco

Bad Moon Rising, curated by Jan van Woensel, Galerie Sans Titre, Brussels, Belgium

Lines of Control, curated by Hammad Nasar Third Line gallery, Dubai, U.A.E, VM gallery, Karachi, Pakistan and Green Cardamom, London

Infinite Possibilities, curated by Eric Heist and Michael Waugh, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY



The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality, curated by Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo, Exit Art, New York

FIAC, Grand Palais & Louvre, Paris, France

Sub-Architecture Continental, Galerie Alain le Gaillard, Paris, France

Empire and Its Discontents, curated by Amy Schlegel and Rhonda Saad, Tufts University at the Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, MA

The Gift: New Acquisitions, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

21: Selections of Contemporary Art, curated by Eugenie Tsai and Patrick Amsellem, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Drawing Space, curated by Hammad Nasar, Green Cardamom, London, UK

NY/LA, curated by Barry Keldoulis, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, Australia



Generation 1.5, curated by Tom Finkelpearl and Valerie Smith, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

Art Basel Miami Beach, Bose Pacia and Nature Morte, Miami, FL

New Art Dealers Alliance, Momenta Art, Miami, FL

Summertime, Gallery Gisele Linder, Basel, Switzerland

Group Exhibition, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India

Zeichnunge: Conceptual and Concrete Drawings, Gallery Gisele Linder, Basel, Switzerland

Art Dubai, Bose Pacia and Nature Morte, Dubai, UAE

Armory, Bose Pacia and Nature Morte, New York

The Devotee Exhausts the Forces of Activity, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, Australia

Changing Climate, Abrons Art Center, New York



In a State of Emergency: Women, War and the Politics of Urban Survival, curated by Derrick Adams, Arshiya Lokhandwala and Uzma Rizvi, South Asian Womens Creative Collective, New York

Liverpool Biennial: The Independents, International Digital Art, Liverpool, UK

Fatal Love: Radical political art from South Asia, Queen’s Museum of Art, Queens, NY

29th Small Works Exhibition, Washington Square East Gallery, New York






Below Another Sky, Scottish Print Network residency; Glasgow Print Studio


Asia Art Archive; Unpacking Global: Abstraction.

Byron Kim, Seher Shah and Wang Gangle. Moderated by Joan Kee, Assistant Professor of Art, University of Michigan. 

The Drawing Center and the Stuckeman School of Architecture: WWW Drawing Symposium, invitational panel representing diverse positions with regard to contemporary drawing and its evolution in a digital age, The Drawing Center, NY. 

New Agency in Drawing, Panel Discussing the Intersection of Art and Architecture, The Jones Center, AMOA-Arthouse, Austin, TX, Kory Beig, Igor Siddiqui, Seher Shah and Eric Zimmerman. Moderated by Rachel Adams, Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs.

Artists on Art, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.

Khoj International Artists Association, Kanu Agrawal, architect and urban theorist, and Seher Shah, artist; Landscape Proposals. A conversation based on 230MB/ Exhibition without Objects, New Delhi, India.


Duke University, Artist lecture, Durham, North Carolina, Borderworks Residency, Duke University.
Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Lines of Control symposium and artist talk.
"The State of Drawing" invitational symposium, The Drawing Center, New York.
Fall Resident, David M.Rubenstein rare books and manuscripts library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.



Metropolitan Museum of Art, Artist lecture for the Arab Lands, New York.
Rhode Island School of Design, Foundation studies, Artist lecture, Providence.
UC Berkeley, Department of Art Practice, Visiting Artist Lectures. Berkeley, CA

City University of New York at Lehman College, Seminar in Contemporary Art, Visiting artist, New York.
UMASS Amherst, Professional outreach program, Visiting artist, New York.
Headlands Center for the Arts, Benefit auction, Sausilito, CA

Panel discussion with artists Trevor Paglen and Michael Rakowitz for the exhibition “Taking Sides,” hosted by Paddle 8 and Lombard-Fried Projects



Headlands Center for the Arts, Project Space Residency, Sausilito, CA

Persol project, Film and catalogue, Milan, Italy

Skateistan, Afghanistan school fundraiser, skateboard design, New York



Rolex Mentor & Protege Arts Initiative, Nominated for Initiative program, Geneva, Switzerland

Printed Matter: Nominated for Artist printed matter award, New York

Cue Arts Foundation: Artist talk with Zarina Hashmi & Seher Shah, New York

Victoria & Albert Museum: Jameel prize artist talk, London. U.K.



Brooklyn Museum, Artist Lecture Series, Brooklyn. NY

Exit Art, Benefit auction, New York

Momenta Art, Benefit auction, New York

Headlands Center for the Arts, Benefit auction, Sausilito, CA

Bose Pacia gallery: Artist talk with Eugenie Tsai, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York






Mehta, Kaiwan, "Drawing Allegories", Domus, March

Nagree, Zeenat, "Seher Shah, Critic’s Pick", Artforum, January

Desai, Phalguni, "Intangible Blueprints", Time Out Mumbai, January

Akhtar, Asif, "Object Anxiety", Naked Punch, January

Kelkar Guari, "The Space Time Continuum", Architectural Digest, January



Sorabjee, Deepika, "Falling into Line", Live Mint, Wall Street Journal, December

Savlani, Sonam, "Fine Lines", Elle Magazine, December

Breese, Josephine, "Lines that Bind", The Herald, September

Adams, Rachel, Texas Architect, "Seher Shah’s Constructed Landscapes", July/ August. 

Conrad, Josh, Pastelegram, "Seher Shah:Constructed Landscapes", July. 

Sigal, Lisa, "The Drawing Center, The Bottom Line", Seher Shah, June.

Irwin, Matthew, "Constructed Landscapes", The Austin Chronicle, June. 

Irwin, Matthew, "Public and Private Space at the Jones Center", Glasstire, June.

Shahan, Susan, "Constructed Landscapes", Glasstire, June. 

Würful, Carolin, "Paper Monuments", Baumeister, Das Architektur magazin, May. 

"Vitamin D2, New Perspectives in Drawing", Phaidon Press, May

Brooks, Katherine, "10 International Artists to Watch in 2013", Huffington Post, January


Aparna Sharma, 'Lines of Control', Leonardo Journal, MIT Press, September
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, 'Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty, Bidoun, Summer Issue
Irina Makarova, 'Seher Shah covers New Ground with Constructed Landscapes and Radical Terrain', Bullet Magazine, August
Sehba Muhammad, Interview on Radiant Lines at Nature Morte, online, July
Carolin Wurful, 'Form Folgt Funktion', Vogue Germany, June
Martin Herbert, 'Now See This, Summer reviews', Art Review, June
Christopher Lord, ‘Exhibition in Dubai examines Ornamental Art’, The National, May
Ibraaz, ‘From Brute Ornament: Seher Shah’s recent drawings’, web, May
Dina Ibrahim, Critic’s Pick ‘Brute Ornament’, Artforum, April
Jyoti Kalsi, ‘A Break in the Pattern’, Gulf News, March
John Haber, ‘The Idea of Manhattan: Lothar Osterburg, Seher Shah and Paul Graham’, Harber Art Reviews, web, February


Bakirathi Mani, “Archives of Empire: Seher Shah’s Geometric Landscapes and the Spectacle of Force,” Social Text 108, Fall

Howard Halle, “Your guide to Lower East Side shows: Seher Shah, ‘Object Anxiety,’” Time Out New York, September 8 – 14

‘UBER WUT/ ON RAGE’, Exhibition publication, Curated by Valerie Smith, Susan Stemmler and Cordula Hamschmidt, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, April

Karen Kurczynski, “Drawing is the New Painting,” Art Journal, Spring

Jyoti Dhar, “Monuments of the Mind,” Art Asia Pacific, Issue 74, July/August

Online Studio Visit, Art Asia Pacific, July

Bakirathi Mani, “Archives of Empire: Seher Shah’s Geometric Landscapes and the

Spectacle of Force,” Social Text, Duke and Columbia University, October



Alexander Keefe, “Superior Firepower for now: Seher Shah’s Black-light Landscapes,” Take on Art, January

“Seher Shah,” Whitewall Magazine, February

Meera Menezes, “Assembling Authority, Structuring Power,” Arts India Magazine, March

Alexandra A. Seno, “Great Female Artists,” Newsweek, August



Hammad Nasar, forward to exhibition catalog, Lines of Control, February

Sophia Money-Coutts, “Aligning the Debate,” The National, February

Eliza Williams, “Lines of Control” Frieze, March

“Armory Selects,” Interview Magazine, March

Generation 1.5, exhibition publication, Queens Museum of Art, June

Himanshu Bhagat, “Live Mint, Mind over Matter: review of ‘Paper to Monument.’” The Wall Street Journal, December

Natasha Bharuah, “Monuments in Paper,” Artslant, December

“Herd Thinner,” Whitewall Magazine, December



Yaelle Amir, “Jihad Pop,” Art US, Issue No. 21, January

“Emerging Artists of 2007,” Frieze, Issue 112, January

Tom Finkelpearl and Peter Nagy,essay and interview, Jihad Pop, exhibition catalogue, March

Drawing Space, exhibition catalogue, Green Cardamom, July

Amy Schlegal, “Foreward,” Empire and its Discontents, Tufts University exhibition catalogue, September

Mari Dumett, “Empire and its Discontents,” Art Papers, November





Brooklyn Museum, New York

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
The Devi Art Foundation

Deutsche Bank Art Contemporary

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum of Contemporary Art /Hallen fur Neue Kunst, Schauffhausen, Switzerland

The Progressive Collection

Alter Hall Art Collection, Temple University, Philadelphia

Queens Museum of Art, New York

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation (T-B A21), Vienna, Austria