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art-and-culture Updated: May 02, 2013 01:13 IST

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The United Art Fair, scheduled to begin in September at the Pragati Maidan grounds with participation by over 400 artists, is showcasing a slice of the upcoming diversity of contemporary artworks in a special week-long exhibition.

The show, Media Flourishes, is running at the Lalit Kala Akademi and has been assembled by a six-member curatorial team helmed by gallerist and art collector Peter Nagy and comprises photographer and artist Ram Rahman, art critic and historian Alka Pande along with Heidi Fichtner, Mayank Kaul and Meera Menezes.

An eclectic mix of works by 16 contemporary artists from different parts of the country are displayed at the Akademi. The artists include Anita Ghai Malhotra, Akash Gaur, Basist Kumar, Julie Skarland, Manil Rohit, Nidhi Aggarwal, Parul Gupta, Shive Verma, and more. While Delhi-based Nidhi Agarwal paints aggressive, muscular abstractions that harbour figurative passages and landscape tendencies, Anand Jaiswal from Kurukshetra uses different objects from a historic time. Basist Kumar who hails from Santiniketan fuses singular portraits with iconic landscapes, resulting in diptych paintings that are indebted to both science fiction and symbolism.

“The fair will not only be an exhibition, but 99.9% of the artworks displayed will be for sale,” says Nangy. The worth of the artworks going to be included in the upcoming fair would range between R500 to R5 crores.

Here you go...
What: Media Flourishes
On till: May 4
Where: Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road
Timings: 10am to 7 pm
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the Blue Line