As the India Art Fair ends in the Capital today, here are a list of some collateral events that are on for a while. The India Art Fair, one of the biggest art confluence in the Capital, has not been confined only to the NSIC Grounds. There are a number of collateral events running in the city parallel to the Fair at various other venues too.
“The whole idea to have a collateral event is to create a buzz in the city and get more people involved in the whole affair,” says Neha Kirpal, director, India Art Fair. As the curtains to the Fair get drawn today, we bring to you some of the collateral art shows.
Slipping through the cracks
Curated by Meera Menezes, the show at Latitude 28 highlights how we, as humans, are inundated by information in a technology-driven world, which is largely virtual.
The show is displaying paintings, installations, videos and sculptures by artists such as Atul Bhalla, Baptist Coelho, Mithu Sen and Anita Dube.
Reacting on the need for a collateral event, Bhavna Kakar, director, Latitude 28, says, “Lado Sarai has emerged as a vibrant art lane in the last one year, so, there’s a lot of interest in the galleries here. Since Latitude 28 has always promoted new media art, we wanted to give the India Art Fair audience more options of artists and art that could not be accommodated at the booth.”
Where: Latitude 28, F-208, Old MB Road, Lado Sarai
On till: February 22
Hemi Bawa 2012 is a show of sculptures in cast glass and fiber glass. On display are a total of 30 sculptures, which are a result of two years of rigorous work by Bawa.
They have been inspired by her long visits to Goa. Beside these sculptures, Bawa also showcases 15 paintings, which lay emphasis on the celebration of colour and form.
“The casting of glass is done primarily through the cire perdue or the ‘lost wax’ technique,” says Bawa.
On till: Feburary 11
Where: Gallery Artspeaks, 5 Kehar Singh Estate, Lane No. 2, Westend Marg, Said-ul-ajab, Mehrauli Badarpur Road, Mehrauli.
Curated on the theme of Aham, the show has nine artists showcasing works as diverse as paintings, wall mounted installations and large sculptures.
While a few of the works are on display at the Art Fair, the rest are running as part of the collateral event at the gallery.
“We wanted a bigger show at the gallery and larger range of works that the audience could see. Also, the gallery provides a multi-dimensional experience with its arts store, a cafe and an artefacts store,” says Anu Bajaj, director, Art Positive.
Curated by Sushma Bahl, the show has been explored by the invited group of artists, some of whose work is directly autobiographical in essence, while others reflect their experiences, views or angst more subtly.
On till: February 14
Where: Gallery Art positive, F-213, Old M. B. Road, Lado Sarai
The contemporary sultanate
The show is based on the theme of importance of history in today’s contemporary art highlighting the growth of Delhi from the time of the Mughals to the present day.
The show displays works by 16 contemporary artists from India, such as, Bose Krishnamachari and Reena Kallat.
“This is the time when people from all over the world have come to see Indian art and what better time than this to give them a contemporary show that draws inspiration from our history,” says Rasika Kajaria of Exhibit 320.
The show and the artists draw inspiration from the one style mile space, which was earlier a Sarai for travelers and now a contemporary luxury space.
On till: February 3
Where: The Sunrydge, One Style Mile, Olive, Mehrauli
A 4 APPLE is a group show
Conceptualised and curated by Johny ML. There are a total of 42 artworks on display, with a mix of established masters and emerging artists. The show is an attempt to debate about the linguistic permissibility of our times.
“The theme of this show is rather interesting it looks at the contemporary context of language and error. We all identify A for Apple as a very basic language code. But when we say A 4 ARPLE, it confuses the whole system of understanding,” says Nidhi Jain of Gallery Ragini.
The range of artworks include oil paintings, sketching, water colour paintings, digital and mix media work.
On till: January 30
Where: Gallery Ragini, C 213, Lado Sari