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Budget brilliance

With 100-plus artists from India and abroad, here’s a fair with a focus on the concept of affordable art.

art and culture Updated: Sep 11, 2010 02:08 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Cuban artist Antonio Guerrero is in prison for over a decade now, but there is no stopping him when it comes to his first love — art. He paints in the isolation of his cell and draws portraits of his family members and friends. So Yong Ae — a Korean artist — specialises in creating textures for his art work, using bird feathers, seashells and hand embroidery. Then there is an artwork on the Golden Temple by three Indian artists in three different mediums. All this and many more is the part of the ongoing India International Art fair (IIAF) in Delhi.



With more than 100 artists from India and abroad, the fair intends to work on the concept of affordable art and bring artists in direct contact with buyers. “We want to change the feeling that art is only for the rich. All the art pieces have been very reasonably priced,” says Jaswinder Singh, the spokesperson of IIAF. “We are providing a platform, where buyers can directly interface with artists, instead of galleries negotiating for the artworks,” adds Singh. All the pieces are ranged between R10, 000 to R10 lakh.



The show is divided into sub sections, viz., the foreign section and the sports section, besides many more. While the foreign section includes work of artists from Korea, Cuba and Hungary, the sports section has art inspired from sports, such as cricket, badminton, soccer and tennis. “The whole idea is to bring artists from different backgrounds and a whole lots of artwork that is unseen and unheard of,” says Suneet Chopra, one of the curators of the show. There will also be screening of art films in the event.



Another interesting part of this show is the free art section, where visitors will get an opportunity to take home free pieces of art, which the organisers claim, has never happened before. “We have selected few pieces of art that will be given out through a lucky draw on the last day of the fair,” says Singh.



The art fair is on till 12 September, at Hall No 15, Pragati Maidan.


Timings:

11 am — 7pm. Entry is free.