An exhibition of Bhupen Khakhar was held at the Tate Modern art gallery in London. It was not the first time that he was shown at a highly prestigious gallery, his art has been acclaimed and rewarded several times in London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Tokyo since the 1970s.
But an art critic for the Guardian, Jonathan Jones, who is surely unaware of International art history, calls it ‘old-fashioned’ and ‘boring’. He is naive and uneducated about the fact that there are different art histories in the world. Jones uses just western standards in his critique. Many artists, from India as well as outside, have called his review ‘personal’, ‘political’, ‘racist’ and ‘Narrow-minded’.
But in fact, we need not bother about it. A review in the Guardian is not likely to make the slightest difference to his popularity. In fact, his show at the Tate Modern will boost his fame and demand for his works.
Khakhar (1934-2003) was honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri in 1984 and the Prince Claus Award at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Bhupen Khakhar played a central role in modern Indian art and was a key international figure.
Bhupen Khakhar never tried to hide his homosexuality. Khakhar painted homosexual love, life, and encounters from a distinctively Indian perspective. Bhupen once said, “Gay people are naturally creative and hence drawn to the arts.”
Read more about him at: https://gayrightsindia.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/our-pride-bhupen-khakar/