If you are looking to visit the sixth ­edition of India Art Fair that kickstarts in the Capital on January 29, don’t expect it to be just an ­assortment of good old ­artworks and installations. This time, the fair promises to be bigger than ever, with the ­organisers putting on the platter some fun-filled experiences.
“The fair will be a difference experience for visitors. We want them to feel the wow factor that we’re trying to bring to the event,” says Neha Kripal, director.
Apart from 3,500 ­artworks, the event — one of the biggest art fairs of South Asia — will have a live-art ­performance by well-known artists, Chitra Ganesh and Dhruvi Acharya, ­a stand-up ­comedy act by artist Jenny Bhatt, fancy food outlets, a design store by young fashion designers and even a bookstore to make the space more engaging.
Out of the 85 ­participating galleries, the fair will be divided into 60:40 ratio with 40% of international ­presence.
Here are some things to look out for.
Anything on art is incomplete without M F Husain’s mention in it. The fair will hold a discussion on the legendary painter as a tribute, and shed some light on a new book on him called M F Husain: The Journey of a Legend. Author Kishore Singh will speak on the artist and his work. His work (right) will also be displayed at the event.
With love from Pakistan
The Pakistan gallery — Gallery Art Chowk — is expected to remain in focus this time. The work is called The Lost Garden II, by Atif Khan. The relationship between Asian countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka apart from Pakistan, will also be one of the important highlights.
In your face
Paresh Maity’s eye-catching work called Bahurupi (photo extreme top) is mixed media on paper. The artist has gradually moved from atmospheric scenery to representations of the human form. His more recent paintings are bold and graphic, with a strong colour and unusual cropping.
Dhawat Singh is a self-taught tribal artist. Above is his work where natural colours and themes of peaceful co-existence with the environment are showcased. The tribal artists have shown simple life in the forests, amid serene green surroundings. The exhibition will also showcase contemporary artists.
Samar Jodha’s latest Outpost is a visual disquisition on a global culture where he highlights the unusual state of affairs through a pictorial trope of discarded containers fashioned into habitat by miners in India’s North-east. His work will give visitors something to chew on.
Ganga-Spiritual Sojourn is by artist-poet and song maker Sidharth. This monumental canvas that measures 65”x210” is a panoramic painting that is made from silver leaf and mineral pigments. The work reads like a horizontal scroll that has within elements from nature and human details.