Art

Issue: Oct 2013

An evening to remember for its tribute to the late Bhupen Khakhar and Kekoo Gandhy

  • tribute to the late Bhupen Khakhar and Kekoo Gandhy.
  • tribute to the late Bhupen Khakhar and Kekoo Gandhy.
  • tribute to the late Bhupen Khakhar and Kekoo Gandhy.
  • tribute to the late Bhupen Khakhar and Kekoo Gandhy.
  • tribute to the late Bhupen Khakhar and Kekoo Gandhy.
  • tribute to the late Bhupen Khakhar and Kekoo Gandhy.
  • tribute to the late Bhupen Khakhar and Kekoo Gandhy.
  • tribute to the late Bhupen Khakhar and Kekoo Gandhy.
  • tribute to the late Bhupen Khakhar and Kekoo Gandhy.
  • tribute to the late Bhupen Khakhar and Kekoo Gandhy.

It was truly an artful evening! Chemould Prescott Road celebrated 50 years of contemporary art through a series of five exhibitions, Aesthetic Bind, curated by Geeta Kapur, which looked at curatorial practices in contemporary art today. The first in the series, titled Subject of Death, was a homage to the pre-eminent painter of our times, Bhupen Khakhar. Khakhar was a prominent artist of the gallery from its early days and played one of the most significant roles in the art world right up till his death in 2003.


Chemould Gallery was the pioneer in supporting Indian contemporary art and many of the great masters were discovered and nurtured under the late Kekoo Gandhy’s discerning eye. When its founder took a backseat in the operations of the gallery, it was the responsibility of daughter Shireen Gandhy to carry forward the legacy, which she has done with the same finesse and passion as her father. A celebratory preview hosted by her saw the presence of the who’s who of the art world, including several renowned artists, gallerists, collectors and art lovers who came together to celebrate the landmark of one of India’s most enduring art institutions.


While celebrating 50 years, these exhibitions are also dedicated to its founder Kekoo Gandhy who did not live to see this momentous occasion. The exhibition thus looks at a life cycle through the practice of Khakhar and also the continuity of the gallery after the passing of its founder Kekoo Gandhy.

Read more in the October 2013 issue of Hi! BLITZ – the no.1 Lifestyle magazine.

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This article first appeared in October 2013 issue of Hi! BLITZ magazine

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