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Art doesn’t get bigger

The Capital is all set to host the 3rd edition of the India Art Summit early next year.

art and culture Updated: Sep 01, 2011 12:16 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times

Come New Year, and Delhi’s art scene will be abuzz with activity as the 3rd edition of the India Art Summit gets set to hit town in January.

“The Summit is the country’s annual international art fair — it’s an unparalleled opportunity to experience a truly diverse breadth of modern and contemporary art from all over the world. We have 84 galleries from 20 countries showing the works of 500 artists. The programme is multifaceted, and attracts artists, collectors, students and art lovers from various fields and age groups,” says Neha Kirpal, director, India Art Summit.

Here, you’ll get to view works from galleries across the world, all under one roof.

art"This festival is just fantastic, as it is a public platform where even just about everyone can go and view works from famous artists. The talks that are held here are just amazing, and so full of knowledge, " says gallerist Manu Dosaj of Gallerie Alternatives, which will be exhibiting works by Sudip Roy and some life-size sculptures by Krishna Murari and Hemi Bawa. The most interesting piece by this gallery is the interactive work by Trupti Patel, wherein a mound of clay will be put on the visitors palm to take an impression. Thousands of such impressions will be collected and later used in making an installation.

Apart from many such live art presentations and guided gallery-walks for the uninitiated, this year will also see double the number of international galleries in participation. “I think the Indian Market is opening up for international work. India definitely has money to buy works of international artists, and taste too. In the coming years, this will just get better,” says Siddharth Tagore of the gallery, Art Konsult.

There’s lots to look forward to — a sculpture park, a video lounge for video art, a speaker forum with celebrated artists such as Anish Kapoor and Subodh Gupta on the panel, and also an art store that will stock merchandise such as stationery, home accessories, gifts, clothing and over 300 kinds of art books. There’s also the 8 Art Projects, which will showcase the work of Indian and contemporary artists.

When: January 20 - 23
Where: Pragati Maidan
Entry charges: R200 per person

Exhibitions to watch out for

Romancing the stone
In this exhibition by artist Makhan Saha, the protagonist visits Khajuraho. He delves so much into the sculptures that he pictures himself amid the sensuous surroundings of Khajuraho.
On till December 31 at Renaissance Museum & Art, A - 298, New Friends Colony

Through a lens, darkly
An exhibition of photographs and photo animations by Madhuban Mitra and Manas Bhattacharya.
On till February 12 at PHOTOINK, Jhandewalan

3 generations
Five artists, spread over three generations of one Udaipur-based family, have put up an exhibition that traces their art through time. Today is the last day, so don’t miss out on this one.
On till December 28 Lalit Kala Akademi, Copernicus Marg

First Published: Dec 27, 2010 16:51 IST