Bhupen Khakhar

Wall of a Small Hindu Temple

This painting by Bhupen Khakhar has both a sculptural as well as a traditional two-dimensional quality to it. The base of the painting is meant to physically resemble a temple’s wall, with its uneven thick brush strokes, and the use of crimson-red and yellow-ochre, auspicious colours in Hinduism. Traces of the Devanagiri script appear in… Read more »

This Just In

Before you try to find it, let us clarify right away that there isn’t a common thread connecting the five artists in our Spotlight this month. The art of Bhupen Khakhar, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Manisha Gera Baswani, Dibin Thilakan and Gopa Trivedi are covered by the umbrella term ‘modern and contemporary art’ but this slightly worn… Read more »

Big Deals

Among the very high-profile artworks going under the hammer for Sotheby’s auction of 20th-century Indian art from the Guy and Helen Barbier collection is this work by Bhupen Khakhar. ‘Two Men in Benares’ caused a sensation in 1982 for its bold homo-erotic theme and today it’s valued at between Rs 3.9 and 5 crore . Visit… Read more »