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Bhupen Khakhar

Love in the Time of Bhupen

BY JYOTI DHAR

BHUPEN KHAKHAR, Man Leaving (Going Abroad), 1970, oil on canvas, 105.5 x 105 cm.
Courtesy Tapi Collection, India. Copyright the artist's estate.

The luminescent figure of Bhupen Khakhar is nothing if not tantalizing. Indeed, like Tantalus reaching for sustenance, Khakhar seems forever just out of reach, with any concrete sense of the man remaining evasive. Though much has been written, discussed and theorized about this adored artist from India, both during his lifetime and since he passed away in 2003 from a spate of…

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