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Make way for Hirst

The bad boy of the international art scene, Damien Hirst may be the star of the third edition of the India Art Summit, to be held in Delhi in January.

art and culture Updated: Aug 12, 2010 11:58 IST
Damini Purkayastha

The bad boy of the international art scene, Damien Hirst may be the star of the third edition of the India Art Summit, to be held in Delhi in January.

Hirst, whose most famous work is a platinum human skull encrusted with 8,601 diamonds and with an asking price of $100 million, is being discussed as a seminar participant at the summit.

British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor is another name being discussed. “Indian artists such as Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat and Atul Dodiya will be there. We’re also looking at three international artists who Indians will be excited about,” says Neha Kirpal, director of the summit.

The organisers have also petitioned the Home Ministry and Delhi Government to ensure security arrangements for showcasing works by MF Husain. Last year, Husain’s works were missing because of security reasons.

“We sent out letters to the authorities three months ago,” says Kirpal. The value of displayed artworks is estimated at a whopping Rs 100 crore.