This image captures paintings by Bhupen Khakhar as they were exhibited in 'Contemporary Indian Art', curated by Richard Bartholomew, Geeta Kapur, and Akbar Padamsee.
'Contemporary Indian Art' was an exhibition held at The Royal Academy of Arts in 1982 as part of The Festival of India. The exhibition was conceived and brought together by The Visual Art Committee (a sub-committee of the Indian Advisory Committee, Festival of India), consisting of Richard Bartholomew, Geeta Kapur, and Akbar Padamsee. The show was divided into two parts of three weeks each. 45 artists were represented in the exhibition, with 133 artworks on display.
The first part of the exhibition, titled 'The Gesture, and Motif,' was inaugurated on 16 September and continued up to 5 October. Participating artists included M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza, Akbar Padamsee, Tyeb Mehta, S.H. Raza, Mohan Samant, Ram Kumar, V.S. Gaitonde, Bal Chhabda, K.C.S. Paniker, Biren De, J. Swaminathan, G.R. Santosh, Manu Parekh, Krishna Reddy, Jeram Patel, Nasreen Mohamedi, Arpita Singh, Satish Gujral, A.M. Davierwalla, Meera Mukherjee, Nagji Patel, K. Kunhiraman, Latika Katt.
The second part, titled 'Stories, Situations,' opened on 8 October and closed on 31 October 1982. Participating artists included Krishen Khanna, A. Ramachandran, Bhupen Khakhar, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Gieve Patel, Vivan Sundaram, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Jogen Chowdhury, Nalini Malani, Sudhir Patwardhan, Ranbir Kaleka, Manjeet Bawa, Ganesh Pyne, Laxma Goud, Anupam Sud, K.G. Subramanyan, Himmat Shah, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Ved Nayar, Dhruva Mistry.