Creative expressions get a commercial edge

Unable to control their excitement, artists and art lovers across the city are buzzing at the mention of the 6th edition of India Art Fair (IAF), a much sought-after event in Delhi’s annual cultural calendar. Incorporating a huge gamut of India’s premier modern and contemporary art, the fair is a perfect platform for budding artists to showcase their works as part of a gallery and to admire the works of stalwarts in
their field.

Having gained the status of an international event, IAF is all set to showcase varied art forms at 91 booths from India and across the world. The fair also aims to expose local and international artists to a large and diverse audience, through exciting public programmes which include various art projects, a Speakers’ Forum and a city-wide ‘Collateral Events’ schedule.

Giving a new dimension to the commercial art world, IAF undoubtedly remains to be an important platform for facilitating dialogue exchange and trade in the region. The 47 Indian galleries will exhibit modern and contemporary art practices including painting, sculpture, new media, installation and performance art. This year’s international galleries will represent a dynamic mix of European galleries and a number of cutting-edge newcomers, who all share the common goal to explore the Indian art market and meet new collectors from South Asia.

In addition to this, an extensive Art Project programme spanning the outdoor and indoor fair space will be a big focus of the fair this year. Its highlights include Listen Up! the first public sound-art project which will be launched in India, a city-wide installation to make sound-art publically accessible through cellular phones.

Among the rich selection of other participators, artist Dayanita Singh will present excerpts from her critically acclaimed File Room series and Jose Garcia Miguel (Perve Galeria, Portugal) will showcase a multi-arts installation Tears of Portugal encompassing video, photography and performance. This year’s fair has also attracted jewellery designer Nirav Modi, who will present a collection of exquisite custom-made designs encrusted with precious gems and priceless diamonds and inspired by motifs from the Mughal miniature school of art.

India Art Fair will take place from January 30 to February 2nd at National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) grounds, Okhla.

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