Cover of the Tate's exhibition catalogue, Bhupen Khakhar: You Can't Please All (available from Museum Bookstore)

Bhupen Khakhar: You Can't Please All

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'An extraordinarily absorbing exhibition dedicated to the colourful and subtly complex paintings of the late Indian artist Bhupen Khakhar' - Telegraph

Bhupen Khakhar: You Can't Please All

Beautifully produced, and coinciding with a major exhibition at Tate Modern, this publication is an essential reference to one of the most compelling and unique voices in twentieth-century art, as well as a significant contribution to the field of international modernism.

Born in Bombay in 1934, the artist Bhupen Khakhar was active in India from the late 1960s. A gentle radical, his luminous paintings addressed issues of class, gender and sexuality with sensitive, often tragicomic nuance. The first important publication on Khakhar in more than a decade, and the only one to take a comprehensive look across his entire oeuvre, this lavishly illustrated survey aims both to introduce the artist to a new audience and to move beyond established views, presenting a fresh take on his artistic, social and spiritual interests.

The book explores Khakhar’s artistic influences, the importance of cosmopolitanism to his work and his frank explorations of mortality and also includes focused responses to key works by leading writers, curators and artists. Khakhar’s unique voice is revealed in an excerpt from the last interview before his death in 2003, and in a series of reproductions of the humorous artist’s book Truth is Beauty and Beauty is God, out of print since 1972. 

Includes essays from prominent art historian and curator Geeta Kapur, and curators Shanay Jhaveri and Nada Raza. With in-focus contributions from artists Timothy Hyman, Gulam Sheikh and Vivan Sundaram, and high-profile academics Devika Singh, Karin Zitzewic and Adrian Rifkin.

  • Author: Chris Dercon
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Date published: May 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1849763707
  • Dimensions: 27.5 x 22.0 cm