Bhupen Khakhar’s Paintings in the Context of Indian Modernism

Timothy Hyman, British painter, art historian, and curator recently elected to the Royal Academy, will trace the visual history of Indian gay painter Bhupen Khakhar’s work in the context of Indian modernism in a lecture on Wednesday, September 14, at 4:10 p.m. in room 203 of the Cohen Building on the Peabody campus. His lecture, entitled Bhupen Khakhar and the ‘Baroda School’: Indigenists and Internationalists in Modern Indian Painting, is sponsored by the departments of History and the History of Art.

Khakhar, who died in 2003, was a deeply influential figure who drew from a range of influences including Pop Art and popular Indian visual culture to craft a distinct visual vocabulary. Hyman has had close links with contemporary art and artists in India since the 1970s and has written a major book on Khakhar.

Trained as a painter at the Slade School of Fine Art (1963-1967), Hyman has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom, Italy, and India and won the National Portrait Gallery Travel Award in 2007. A portraitist yet probably best known for his narrative renditions of London, he has had nine London solo shows since 1981, most recently, “The Man Inscribed with London.” Equally well-known as a writer and critic, Hyman began to write for London Magazine in the late 1970s and was a contributing editor to Artscribe. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, most recently on Lucas Cranach. He has written the Thames and Hudson monographs on Pierre Bonnard and on Sienese painting, and the lead essays for a number of exhibition catalogs. Of particular interest to Nashvillians is his major essay on Red Grooms. He also has curated exhibitions from the controversial “Narrative Paintings” in 1979 to “Carnivalesque” in 2000, the Tate’s Stanley Spencer retrospective in 2001, and “British Vision” at Ghent in 2007-2008.

Hyman is available to meet with faculty and students on September 12-14. For further details or to schedule an appointment, please contact Samira Sheikh, assistant professor of history, at samira.sheikh@vanderbilt.edu.

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