India Art Fair concludes its post-pandemic edition

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Founded in 2008, India Art Fair (IAF) is held annually in New Delhi, showcasing the best of galleries and artists, private foundations, museums, artist collectives and cultural events (see our five-part showcase on the 2020 edition here).

Jaya Asokan is the fair manager for this year’s IAF, which is being held at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds. The fair has not been held for the past two years due to the pandemic.

“The return of India Art Fair to its physical format has been cause for great excitement for the Indian and South Asian art scene. The energy we’ve seen so far has been amazing, not just from our returning galleries and patrons, but also from a whole new generation and base of artists, art lovers and young collectors,” says Jaya.

Ankon Mitra – Mastishk Vriksha – The brain is a tree

2022 edition

With BMW as an event partner, IAF 2022 spans 15,000 square meters. It presents 77 exhibitors (including four foreigners), 63 commercial galleries, 14 non-profit organizations and six outdoor art projects. The galleries represent 13 cities in India and foreign artists from the US, UK and Brazil.

In addition to exceptional art exhibits, there was a series of talks on topics like Why Culture Matters (Kiran Nadar), NFTease ((Aparajita Jain, Om Malviya, Raghava KK, Vasundhara Das), and The power of art (Indu Antony, Haroun Hayward). Hetain Patel and Arpita Akhanda Featured performance art.

Access for all achieved workshops on art inclusion and art and gender awareness. LAND held workshops on storytelling, puppet making and art appreciation. There have been launches of books also titled Beode’s art and Drawn from practice.

Jaya Asokan

Exploration and Growth

“India Fair will be hosting a fabulous series of talks and workshops over four days. There is also an exciting round-up of parallel programs across the city which includes gallery nights, exhibition openings and many more cultural activities to indulge in,” said Urvi Kothari, director of the Tao Art Gallery, in a conversation with Your story.

“This annual event is the perfect time to reunite with artists, gallery owners, collectors and appreciators after the virtual world of the pandemic,” she adds.

Artist Jaideep Mehrotra, whose works have been featured in the Tao Art Gallery, says he is eager to learn about interesting trends in art and new technologies. “I hope that the confinement has generated deep personal expressions and that these are visible in the broadcasts,” he says.

Bushra Waqas Khan Medallion

“I look forward to the increased visibility of Brazilian art in India and the exchange between Brazil and India in culture, especially visual arts,” said Karla Osorio Netto, director of the Galeria Karla Osorio (GaKO).

It will highlight the strength and quality of the original works of some of the artists represented by the gallery and will approach Indian collectors and institutions more closely.

“Given the art fair is being held after two years, I’m honestly excited and thrilled to watch some of the best entries from around the world in the real format and not on screens or virtually,” says Somak Mitra, Director/Owner, Art Exposure Gallery, Kolkata.

“I see the IAF as a wonderful platform for me as a gallerist to witness (almost first-hand) the nature and scale of the work, new formats and innovative presentations,” he adds. -he. Side or side events are also informative and educational, stemming from creative and business contexts.

Vida Heydari Contemporary installation

“I look forward to meeting collectors, curators, architects, interior designers and artists from cities across the country,” says Jaee Ajgaonkar, gallery assistant at Vida Heydari Contemporary (HCV) in Mumbai.

“I’m really looking forward to being back at the India Art Fair after this long pandemic break,” says Renu Modi, director, Galerie Espace. It highlights the performance art of Hetain Patel and a panel on Moving Focus, India: new perspectives on modern and contemporary art.

“We look forward to young collectors who have shown an increasing interest and inclination towards contemporary art over the past few years,” says Mandira Lamba, co-founder, Blueprint 12 Gallery.

She looks forward to the conversations at the Speakers Forum. “The IAF is happening after two years, we missed those wonderful dialogues,” she adds. She also cites the live performances of Arpita Akhanda and Gurjeet Singh.

“After the pandemic, I’m really looking forward to this physical interface with art lovers,” adds Tunty Chauhan, Director, Threshold Art Gallery.

“Art has faced insurmountable obstacles throughout history. We feel lucky to have created an opportunity for artists despite the very difficult times,” says Smriti Rajgarhia, Director, Serendipity Arts Foundation and Festival.

“We are happy to be back at the IAF and look forward to welcoming people to our booths and having a conversation about the arts,” she adds.

Isha Pimpalkhare – Wave 2021

Indian art trends

As trends in Indian art, Jaee Ajgaonkar sees Indian artists adopting more innovative mediums, and artists are using both physical and virtual platforms to showcase their work.

“A lot of young collectors are entering the art world, with more interest in contemporary art and diverse tastes. Indian collectors are also interested in international art, especially from countries like Iran with similar cultural influences,” she adds.

“Indian art is gaining momentum with many collectors showing renewed interest in India and across the world. Indian art has attracted particular interest from overseas Indian buyers who like to keep such art in their residences and workplaces,” observes Somak Mitra.

“Art spaces try to make art more accessible. In our contemporary times, I think arts institutions should strive not only to connect virtually with audiences through social media platforms, but also to initiate an effort to try to reach the visually impaired,” suggests Urvi Kothari.

Mandira Lamba

She points the Kolkata Creativity Center for example. “His braille decoding initiative introduces a new dimension that fine art has always lacked: touch and feel,” she says.

“A significant recent trend is the number of young professionals looking to acquire contemporary art. This is a very encouraging development and bodes well for the future of Indian art,” enthuses Renu Modi.

“We actually saw a refreshing trend in the post-pandemic era. Buyers respond to work rather than the name of the artist, it’s a huge change,” observes Tunty Chauhan.

“Indian art is intensifying at a very sustainable and good pace. Young collectors have mainly emerged over the past two years, in particular, alongside more international collectors. We see a great prospect for Indian art in the years to come,” predicts Mandira Lamba.

Installation of Threshold Art Gallery

Pandemic impact

“Art in different forms has helped make the pandemic and social isolation much more bearable. Online platforms in particular have made a major contribution to making art accessible to everyone,” recalls Jaee Ajgaonkar.

“The pandemic times have reinforced the importance of art in society. He saved many people from boredom. It opens our eyes and our sensitivity to better understand our own existence,” says Karla Osorio Netto.

“The pandemic has caused many resets, including loss of jobs and loss of life. Yet creativity was alive like never before through various forms and expressions,” observes Somak Mitra.

“This has given rise to many forms and formats involving faster and more encouraging global participation and collaboration,” he adds.

Renu Modi

“Now that the pandemic has receded, physical shows are back in fashion but art has become even more relevant than before, many choosing art as a passion and profession, moving away from conventional currents. The pandemic has taught the importance of the need for self-expression which has a universal connection,” says Somak.

“Art has regained its relevance in the post-pandemic era. It is a chronicle of our collective experience and a source of relief,” says Renu Modi.

“The pandemic has shown how important it is to see art in person, we missed the physical tangibility of art for two years,” laments Mandira Lamba.

Installation of Threshold Art Gallery

Digital platforms

Jaideep Mehrotra puts more emphasis on digital and performance arts. “Conventional standards are bent to fit the future. We spend an inordinate amount of time on our devices, and that is now reflected in our art,” he observes.

Interest in art has aroused further with virtual exhibitions. “First-time visitors and viewers of gallery and museum sites have found the virtual artr captivating and easy to attend. Art galleries were also quick to upload images and information online,” adds Somak Mitra.

Buyers can easily learn about each artist’s style, influences, and techniques while gaining insight into the particular aesthetic taste. “The Internet has demystified art and made the Indian art world accessible at your fingertips,” he says.

“The digital marketplace is here to stay and has been a game changer,” concludes Somak.

Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new avenues to apply your creativity?

Installation of GALLERYSKE

Baaraan Ijlal Mourners and Witnesses

Jaideep Mehrotra

Maya Jay Varadraj – Twin girls with curly hair and promises

Installing the Sakshi Gallery

Santosh Kumar Das – Untitled 1 from Tantra Series

Tunty Chauhan

Collapse Analysis – GaKO

Vida Heydari Contemporary installation

Installing Wonder Wall

(All images courtesy of India Art Fair and respective curators/owners.)

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