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Sense and sensitivity

Iconic gallery celebrates 11 years with exhibition of 40 leading artists.

art and culture Updated: Feb 14, 2011 14:03 IST
Shweta Mehta

It’s been 11 fruitful years on Mumbai’s art scene, and Tao Art Gallery, one of the iconic galleries in India’s art revolution is still standing tall.

To mark the occasion, owner Kalpana Shah, who is an artist, collector and curator herself, has got 40 of India’s leading artists on board for an exhibition titled Sensitization 2011. Explaining her choice of theme, she says, “Each artist has a different sensitivity and individuality, but there is still something that binds them together. I wanted to project that on a common platform.”

On the milestone that the gallery has achieved, an elated Shah acknowledges the ups and downs that the Indian art scene has faced. “When we started off, there wasn’t much exposure. It was only recently, in 2005, when there was an art boom of sorts. Several artists came to the fore, the number of exhibitions increased and many people started showing interest,” she says, adding, “Investors and collectors came in at this point. Then following the inflation, investors went back but the collectors stayed.”

Current scenario
At this point in time, Shah feels that Indian art is enjoying a great phase. “The serious buyers are still in the market and there’s a lot of interest in art right now. With increased shows, even art sales have taken off. India is taking positive steps to get close to the global market,” she concludes.

Sensitization 2011 is on display at Tao Art Gallery, Worli till February 18