An Exhibition of Works by Bhupen Khakhar in London

Elisabetta Marabotto of Saffronart shares a note on the new Bhupen Khakhar exhibition at Grosvenor Gallery

London: Grosvenor Gallery in London is currently hosting “Bhupen Khakhar, Works from a Private British Collection”.

The exhibition includes drawings, watercolours and paintings mainly produced during the late 1970s and early 80s, when Khakhar “overhauled his long-neglected draughtsmanship. For the first time he began to appreciate the ‘sketching’ tradition of Santiniketan artists” (Bhupen Khakhar, Works from a Private British Collection, 2013, p.5).

As well as the artworks on display, the film “Messages from Bhupen Khakhar” directed by Judy Marle will also be screened as part of the exhibition. The film presents a fragment of Khakhar’s life, his opinions about style, good taste and vulgarity, sensuality and eroticism.

Apart from providing insight into a critical period of this modern Indian artist’s life and work, this exhibition also commemorates Bhupen Khakhar ten years after his untimely death.

Below you can find a selection of works from the exhibition, and you can visit the Grosvenor Gallery website to see more.

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New York: Atul Dodiya, is one of India’s leading and most significant contemporary artists. His solo exhibition ‘ Experiments with Truth’ at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, curated by cultural theorist and poet Ranjit Hoskote, brings together for the first time over 80 works by the artist over his prolific career from 1981-2013. It will also show works made by the artist during his time as a student at the J. J. School of Art in the early 1980’s.

Atul Dodiya at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi<br />Image Source:

Atul Dodiya at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
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The exhibition highlights Dodiya’s versatile artistic practice as he experiments, embraces and explores with various mediums- oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media works, sculpture installations, assemblages and photography. His tendency to work with different media and refusing to stick to a homogenous style is distinctive of Dodiya’s work. It is this ability of working across various mediums and juxtaposing Western art history and popular Indian culture through his work, that marks his oeuvre and makes him one of the most sort after and distinguished contemporary artists in India.

Dadagiri, 1998. Oil, acrylic and marble dust on canvas.<br />Image Source:

Dadagiri, 1998. Oil, acrylic and marble dust on canvas.
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The audience is confronted with a variety of forms and mediums capturing the contrasting nature of change. Dodiya being highly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy puts the exhibition in perspective and forms an invisible string connecting the political, cultural and spiritual contexts in his expansive work. Atul Dodiya’s own artistic journey has been considered as constant experiments with the ‘truth’.

Strong influences of artists such as Nandalal Bose, Benodebehari Mukherjee, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Tyeb Mehta, Gerhard Richter and Bhupen Khakhar can be traced in Atul Dodiya’s art. Works by these masters will also be on display as reference points, enabling the visitor to comprehend Dodiya’s work more effectively.

Atul Dodiya pursued his bachelors of Fine Arts from Sir J. J. School of Art in Mumbai. He furthered his academic training at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1991 to 1992 subsequent to a scholarship awarded by the French Government. He currently lives and works in Mumbai.

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