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Bhupen Khakhar (Artist Monograph) Paperback – July 10, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Mapin Publishing Gp Pty Ltd; 1st edition (July 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944142362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944142363
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.5 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,856,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By krebsman VINE VOICE on September 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after seeing one of Khakhar's paintings at the Tate in London. The great thing about the book are the beautiful color plates of the artist's work. Timothy Hyman's long biographical essay is very informative, but hardly a definitive biography of Mr. Khakhar. But it does give some insight into the humor and the emotion of the vibrant and shockingly colorful paintings. It also serves as a decent introduction not only to the artist's work, but also to the cultural and artistic life of modern India. This would be a nice gift for any lover of modern art or anyone interested in India, for that matter. Gay men would especially appreciate this book, I think, as Khakhar "came out" in middle age (after the death of his mother) and many of his works are blissfully homoerotic. But regardless of one's sexual orientation, this book would be a beautiful addition to any library of art books.
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There are hardly any artists painting today who have the strength of technique and breadth of vision that Bhupen Khakhar enjoy. Despite being partly recognised in Britain (the BBC commisioned him to paint Salman Rushdie's portrait - a work called "The Moor", the Tate have examples of his work, and he has had gallery shows in the Cork Street area) he remains an artist whose works have ben very different to access. Timothy Hyman, a personal friend of Khakhar's and an artist himself, does everyone interested in painting an incredibly valuable service by making available a book which includes a history, an intelligent discussion, and lavish illustrations of the relevant part of Khakhar's work. For Bhupen Khakhar's work only became outstanding when he began to make reference to his homosexuality in his 50s and as he acknowledged it and as he continues to discuss it. In India homosexulaity is illegal and despite Bombay's (and nearby Baroda - Khakhar's home) position as epicentre of liberal, Western-orientated, gay friendly India any Indian of Khakhar's generation was bound to suffer even worse torment than their Western equivalents. But rather than using this torture to produce a teriffying vision of the world as meat (a la Bacon) he celebrates it. He has been called the Indian Hockney, but the innate spirituality which saturates the Indian creative arts - as, for example that very diiferent Indian artist whose work is so adored in the West, Anish Kapoor - raises Kharkhar's work to another level making it work for all time. Khakhar's work never suffers so unduly from its innate beauty as Hockney's work can suffer and the end is a joyous celebration, an uplifting experience of successful synthesis colour, form, and subject never bogged down by 20th century Western criticism.Read more ›
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This is a beautifully written book about a wonderful contemporary painter who bridges East and West. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in modern art, the artistic process or Indian art and culture.
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