crossing generations: diVERGE

40 Years of Gallery Chemould
2003

The Perfect Frame: Presenting Modern Indian Art: Stories and Photographs from the Collection of Kekoo Gandhy, by Karin Zitzewitz. Published by Chemould Publications and Arts, Sponsored by the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Committee/Swiss and the Asian Book House. Well-known as the founder of Gallery Chemould, Kekoo Gandhy participated in the modern art movement for fully twenty years before opening his gallery in 1963. As a framer and active member of the art scene, Kekoo Gandhy witnessed and contributed to the rise of the Progressive Artists’ Group, to the formation of the Lalit Kala Akademi, and to the initial promotion of Indian modern art on the international stage. This book collects his stories, filled with fascinating details of the personalities and hopes of Bombay in the first years after Indian Independence, and preserves both their charm and their immense documentary value for the history of art. In addition, the volume is handsomely illustrated with photographs from the family collection. A product of a long series of interactions with a professional anthropologist, this book is at once a solid history of the era and a memoir of one of the art world’s leading figures.