A three-part series and a documentary film that try to separate the myth from the man, India's highest-valued abstract painter
It was in 1999, while studying at Mumbai’s Sir JJ School of Art, that curator-archivist-researcher Jesal Thacker first “experienced" a Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde painting. “We had been given the daunting task of examining any one modern Indian painter and the entire batch was flipping through books and catalogues in the library," she recalls. It was while going through page after page on figurative art that she stopped at a lustrous orange-yellow painting by Gaitonde. “It just had textures—no form or composition—and intrigued me immensely. I wanted to know more about him but there wasn’t much literature available, except for a book by Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni," says Thacker.