The 9th edition of the India Art Fair
The 9th edition of the India Art Fair concluded on 5th February. It saw close to 90,000 visitors from across 20 countries.
To me, it was a success on a number of counts; one, it was visited by a number of young people, both, art collectors as well as art aficionados. Second, visits by school children were a welcome sight – these children were not merely looking at the art, rather they were curious about it and were actively engaging with it. It is great that the fair provided a platform for such engagement with art. Thirdly, the layout of the fair this time had ‘breathing space’, which enhanced the experience of interacting with the artworks.
The speakers’ forum was led by industry leaders such as Richard Armstrong (Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museums and Foundation), Sheena Wagstaff (Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Boon-Hui Tan (Director, Asia Society Museum), Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi (President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation) among others.
The fair reported sales from 90% of the galleries (94% of Indian galleries and 85% of international galleries managed to sell).
While demonetisation was a dampener, the India Art Fair managed to cheer things up. Of course, the art market is going through a ‘correction’ but nevertheless things are getting better.
Here is a list of ten of my favourite artworks from the fair :
Jagannath Panda - Vadehra Art Gallery , New Delhi
Arunkumar HG - Art District XIII, New Delhi
Tayeba Begum Lipi - Shrine Empire , New Delhi
Mahbubur Rahman - Blueprint12, New Delhi
Christiaan Lieverse - del Villa Arte Galleries , Spain
Anila Quayyum Agha - Aicon Gallery, New York
Sumakshi Singh - Exhibit 320 , New Delhi
Sudarshan Shetty - KNMA , New Delhi
Tayeba Begum Lipi- Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka
Ayesha Sultana - Experimenter , Kolkata