Bhupen Khakhar: You Can't Please All

Tate Modern
Until November 06
Thirteen years after Bhupen Khakhar’s death, the Tate Modern presents 'You Can’t Please All', a retrospective of the artist’s extraordinary work, from across five decades.
Bhupen Khakhar You Can't Please All, oil paint on canvas, Tate © Bhupen Khakhar
Bhupen Khakhar was born in Bombay during 1934. After completing an MA in Art Criticism at Maharaja Sayajirao University, the artist experimented with collage; but it’s the storytelling through his portrait paintings of male subjects that Khakhar is better known for.

'Janata Watch Repairing', 1972, typifies his depictions of the everyday lives of workers and tradesmen around the town where he lived.

As Khakar gained confidence in his work, he began exploring male interrelationships within his art, and in 1981, after spending some time in Europe, Khakhar painted his seminal ‘coming out’ picture – 'You Can’t Please All’.

Not one to shy away from confronting provocative themes, towards the end of his life he produced the powerful, 'At the End of the Day the Iron Ingots Came out' and 'Bullet Shot in the Stomach', marking the final chapters in his remarkable artistic life. Alongside Khakhar’s exhibition – works by Sheela Gowda and Sheba Chhachhi are also on display.


Tate Modern, Bankside, London
Tube: Southwark/Blackfriars
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-10pm
Entry fee:
£10.50 or £12.00 with donation
June 01 - November 06


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