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V.S. GAITONDE: PAINTING AS PROCESS, PAINTING AS LIFE
October 3, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Curated by Sandhini Poddar




V.S. Gaitonde, Untitled, 1962, ink and watercolor on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm. Collection of Kiran Nadar, Nuova Delhi

Comprising 45 major paintings and works on paper drawn from 30 leading public institutions and private collections across Asia, Europe, and the United States, this is the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of celebrated Indian modern painter Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde (1924–2001). As current scholarship revisits traditions of mid-20th-century modern art outside of the Euro-American paradigm, Gaitonde’s work presents an unparalleled opportunity to explore Indian modern art as it played out in the metropolitan centers of Bombay (now Mumbai) and New Delhi from the late 1940s through the end of the 20th century. Born in Nagpur, India, Gaitonde was an artist of singular stature, known to fellow artists and intellectuals, as well as to later generations of students and admirers, as a man of uncompromising artistic integrity of spirit and purpose. Gaitonde began developing a nonobjective style in the late 1950s, employing palette knives and paint rollers and often using torn pieces of newspaper to create floating, abstract forms. This move towards non-objectivity  dovetails with the history of the Guggenheim Foundation and the global circulation of art and ideas.



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