Art junction: Matisse meets Tagore

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Art junction: Matisse meets Tagore

Postby rekha2010 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:45 am

Here is your chance to see works by legendary international artists, ranging from Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol to Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor, alongside the works of Rabindranath Tagore and F.N. Souza, and contemporary stars like Subodh Gupta and Jitish Kallat, all at the same venue.

In India, too. Come January 20, Delhi’s Pragati Maidan will provide all the sensory overload you ever desired when the third edition of the four- day India Art Summit (IAS) opens its doors.

The canvas has got bigger and wider. Consider this: Some 54 galleries participated in the Delhi art fair’s last edition in August 2009. In comparison, 84 galleries, including 30 international ones, will show the works of nearly 570 artists, worth almost Rs 100 crore together, this time.

Naturally, the venue too has expanded from 4,500sqm to 8,000sqm.

“We’ve got an overwhelming response from all over the world, not just from galleries but also from museums, art institutions, curators, dealers and private collectors. People are beginning to take Indian art more seriously, so they all want to come here,” said Neha Kirpal, director, IAS.

For instance, representatives from the world’s top museums like Guggenheim in New York and Abu Dhabi, Tate London, Centre Pompidou of Paris, and the Singapore Art Museum will be attending the fair. As will the directors of various international art fairs and of expositions like the art biennales.

All of India’s leading galleries including the CIMA Gallery, Vadehra Art Gallery, Nature Morte, Sakshi Gallery and Chemould Prescott Road will have booths at the fair.

“There seems to be a lot of interest with people from all over the world coming to attend the fair. We’re looking forward to it,” said Usha Gawde, director, Sakshi Gallery.

Like last time, there will be works in canvas, sculpture, video and cutting-edge installation at the fair. The prices too will range from an affordable Rs 20,000 to as high as Rs 8 crore.

The international galleries too are bringing in works by leading international artists. Kirpal said: “What is happening in the economy is being reflected in the art world. There’s a desire to go global, and Indian collectors are looking at blue-chip international artists too.”

But there’s much more on the palette. The Speakers Forum will cover panel discussions on everything from Indian art on the international circuit to the role of museums.

The panellists include international experts like the director of the Art Institute, Chicago, and the chief curator of Tate Modern as well as leading Indian artists, gallerists and curators.

Anish Kapoor will be in conversation with Homi Bhabha, professor and director of Harvard University’s Humanities Centre. Leading American installation artist Dan Graham will talk to the San Francisco Art Institute’s director of exhibitions, Hou Hanru.

Eight art projects have been developed solely for the fair, and a host of collateral events will be held across galleries and museums in Delhi.

There’s even an extensive VIP programme covering exhibition launches (the CIMA Gallery will inaugurate its “Yeh Image Mahaan — India Meets Bharat” show at the Lalit Kala Akademi) and special viewings.

The London-based Serpentine Gallery’s co-director, Hans Ulrich Obrist, who is one of the most sought-after curators of contemporary art in the world, will, along with the Delhi-based KHOJ International Artists Association, conduct the KHOJ Marathon, a series of 20-minute public interviews with 25 leading intellectuals.

Some 11 galleries will host solo shows of artists. In its last edition, the art fair drew 40,000 visitors and saw sales of around Rs 26 crore, with 40 per cent of the buyers being first-time buyers.
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