Apparao's checkmate at IAF

Apparao's checkmate at IAF

Established in 1984, Apparao Galleries has been associated with several well-known as well as emerging artists.

Based out of south India, the gallery has carved a niche for itself across India. In addition to its main gallery at Wallace Gardens in Chennai, Apparao Galleries now has spaces at The Lodhi, New Delhi; DLF-Magnolia in Gurgaon; Four Season Mumbai; and The Leela Palace, Chennai. 

The gallery regularly hosts curated shows in its premises. It also undertakes art consultancy, documentation, authenticity, restoration, and provides advice on art conservation, in addition to this, it also has an active outreach programme. It also organises guided tours, which provide a rare opportunity to visit the personal homes of art collectors, artists, and other art-related personalities.

Sharan Apparao, founder of the gallery, shares her views on IAF 2015:

On the importance ofparticipating in art fairs for a gallery. 
  
It is important to participate in art events because of the visibility it gives to the gallery. Through participation, the artist also becomes aware of the need to maintain a high standard in his or her work. Further, through regular participation, the viewer will be able to see the evolution of the gallery’s artists.

How do you think IAF has evolved over time?

I think it has become more professional over the years.

What are the three best aspects of IAF?

The mix of galleries; the quality of artists and galleries; and the turnout of viewers who come from all over.

Three items on your wish list from the IAF this year? (Apart from “Sales, sales, more sales…!!!”)

Invitation to curated shows by international curators; collaborations for artists for future shows; and finding young artists who share the same aesthetics with our gallery.

Who are the artists you are representing this year? 

Our booth is called ‘The Art of Chess’. I am showing 18 to 20 chess sets made by artists...it’s been quite exciting. I picked the theme of chess and asked many artists to create their own artworks based on it. The outcome is simply superb.

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