In focus: the Gaitonde narrative
Among Moderns, he is mythologized yet under-studied. Guggenheim offers a glimpse of his legacy through a retrospective
In December, at Christie’s first auction held in India, when a mustard-hued, resplendent work of oil on canvas by Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde fetched ₹ 20.5 crore — an unparalleled auction price for an Indian artist — he made headlines. Before that, scholarship on and interest in Gaitonde’s art and life were limited. Around the same time, New York’s Solomon R Guggenheim Museum announced its retrospective of the artist.