• South Asian Modern+Contemporar auction at Christies

    Sale 2194

    South Asian Modern+Contemporary Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 612

    BHUPEN KHAKHAR (1934-2004)

    Shahrukh with Southern Stars (Two sided cut-out figure)

    Price Realised  

    BHUPEN KHAKHAR (1934-2004)
    Shahrukh with Southern Stars (Two sided cut-out figure)
    signed in Gujarati (lower right); signed and inscribed 'Vaman Baroda India' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas laid on board
    95¼ x 31½ in. (242 x 80 cm.)
    Executed in 2000


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    Bhupen Khakhar created a Bollywood series of three double-sided cut-outs for Tate Modern, London, including this work. Made in collaboration with a former student at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda, named Vaman Rao Khaire, the artists examined the role of consumerism, hedonism and the cult of celebrity at the turn of the twenty-first century, here drawing upon the cult-like status of Shahrukh Khan. Creating a localized discourse of art versus popular culture, Khakhar's characteristic style is evident on one side, more sympathetically decoding and deconstructing a persona; whilst on the other side a stereotypical, kitsch portrait of the actor is garishly presented.

    Exhibited

    London, Tate Modern, Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, February - April 2001