A voyage into another world

Art Fair

A thousand artists came together from across the world for the Alla Prima International Art Fair 2014. The five-day art event held at Talkatora Stadium brought some eminent, the emerging and hidden artists in India and the world on a common platform.

The event, a veritable treat for the city’s art aficionados showcased a humongous range of artworks from different schools of thought.

The young group of dynamic and passionate artists who interacted with Metrolife said they were “working towards giving art a more accessible platform for everyone.”

An art fair cannot be be complete without the participation of young and emerging artists and those who’ve remained in the shadows for want of a public platform. The fair included exhibition of visual art works, installations, body art, video art, film screening, cultural programmes, art workshops, panel discussions, debates and talks about art and
aesthetics.

Works of eminent artists such as M F Hussain, F N Souza, S H Raza, Paresh Maity, A Ramachandran, Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharjee, Jogen Chowdhury, Ganesh Pyne, Ram Kumar, Satish Gujral, Arpita Singh, Jayashri Burman, Chintan Upadhyay, Vijender Sharma were displayed by various art galleries in the fair.

Galleries from Korea, Russia, USA, Spain, France, Greece, Romania, Bangladesh, Nepal and many other countries also participating in the event.

Nilon Mukherjee, a very eminent Mumbai-based artist says, “I show human beings in the forefront of mankind and nature.” Mukherjee has showcased his line drawing from 1961 which depicted the bazaars, streets and villages of the time. One easily recognises the differences in realism now.

Various galleries have also brought in their work, like J S Art gallery brought the prints of Raja Ravi Verma paintings, which have been overshadowed by modern art for years.
Aarti Makkar an artist in the fair and also one of the curators of show says, “Art has the power to heal someone and should be practised by everyone, because at present stress is becoming a disease in people.” Makkar brought her abstract art depicting ‘Divine Healing’ to the Fair.

Lee Doo-Won from Korea says she has done many shows throughout the world for years and they always sell out. About her Indian experience Doo-Won says, “The experience has been good. We met other artists from the world and I hope when we come next time we sell-out too.”

One could not possibly check out all the stalls in a day, the stadium being large and the stalls spread around the vast ground. However, each painting was breathtaking and needed attention, from realism to abstract one had to stop twice to live in the time of the painting. The famous Delhi winter added charm to the Art Fair which concluded on
December 15.

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