Delhi turns state of the art

As the fourth edition of the India art fair kicks off in the capital, we bring you artists and artworks to look out for.

art and culture Updated: Jan 27, 2012 00:57 IST
Hindustan Times
India art fair,Die Galerie,Robert Bowman Gallery

As the fourth edition of the India art fair kicks off in the capital, we bring you artists and artworks to look out for.

Die Galerie, Germany, B5

Come to this booth to check out a selection of paintings and works on paper by leading maestros of the 20th century — Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali and Andre Masson. The gallery is also presenting Bouquet et Nu, a work created by artist Chaglaa in 1970. “It is an honour to show this special art work for the first time to the Indian art world,” says Peter Femfert, gallery director. They are also introducing Italian artist Claudio Massini, who has paintings composed in organic and mineral pigments on canvas.

Trojan Horse

Robert Bowman Gallery, UK, G1

This year, the Robert Bowman Gallery, which is participating in the fair for the second time, is featuring South African sculptor Willie Besters’ Trojan Horse — a life-size sculpture of a robotic armed horse made from scrap metal and car parts. The work is inspired by the Greek myth of soldiers hiding in a seemingly innocent giant horse. Besters has used the work as a symbol of the Athlone massacre, where South African apartheid forces hid in a railway service van to ambush anti-apartheid protesters and

gun down the general population.

Humans for sale....

Zurich-based Indian artist Preeti Chandrakant has a very interesting Art project — Talk to me! I’m a living work of Art. It features six living works of art, actually human beings, three from Zurich and three from India. They can be seen walking around the venue, mingling with visitors and striking a conversation with them. These works can be even purchased, sold and displayed. All you have to do is contact their manager and strike a deal. The idea behind the concept is that everyone and everything is a potential piece of art.

1X1 Art Gallery, Dubai, B6

This Dubai-based gallery is presenting a mix of Iranian and Indian artists. Iranian artist Alireza Faniis is showing a series of archival prints in triptychs and polyptychs, titled, In Search Of The Concept, which depict staged photographs of a woman sometimes mysteriously carrying a single alphabet, sometimes embracing it, sometimes staring at it, and sometimes even molding herself as one with it. Another work to watch out at this gallery’s booth is artist Chittrovanu Mazumdar’s different types of textiles and decorative ornaments dabbled for a series of four works titled, Textile.

Seven Art Limited, Delhi A3

The artwork, Gathered, made by Chennai-based artist Saravanan Parasuraman, shows a man sleeping. Made with ball bearings over a fibre glass structure, the artist converts an everyday routine into a statue of calm and solitude. Similarly, his other work, Whatever Has Happened, Has Happened Good, shows that humans have the tendency to be self-absorbed. By showing a crab that is caught in a net, the artist tries to gather attention towards all other events that come out of the crab getting stuck in a net.

Religare Art, Delhi, C6

All you need at this booth is a smart phone. Artist Sanjay Sundram has created a series of paintings (creative distortions), which are Quick Responses (QR) codes. When you scan them through your phone, they direct you to an internet link, which tells you all about the artwork. There are 16 artworks on display that took the artist almost a year to complete.

Karen Woodbury Gallery, Australia, S11

What you see on your left are not real people, but Melbourne-based artist San Jinks’ hyper-real sculptures of the human body. There are around five works on display that look so real that it seems the figures will open their eyes (as many of them have their eyes closed) and start talking to you. Jinks makes these sculptures using silicone, resin and latex.

Hauser & Wirth, London, C1

This is one of the most talked about galleries at the Art Fair. Interestingly, it has two artworks by the Indian artist duo - Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher. While Kher’s work, titled, I Find A Way To Keep It All, is a huge installation made in 2011 with wooden chairs and saris, Gupta’s work, titled, Stone, made in 2011, is made in fibreglass, stone dust, jute and found objects. The gallery has already sold artist Martin Creed’s artwork, titled, Love. Other artists on display here are Paul McCarthy, Louise Bourgeois and Jakub Julian Ziolkowski.

Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, G3

Broken White by artist Nikhil Chopra is a site-specific installation, understood as the residues of performance by the artist at LA Rochelle, France, in October 2010. Within the installation are the actual elements that made up the performance - the long white costume and the drawing. In addition are the outcome of the performance by way of photographic stills and video.

Watch it here

What: India Art Fair

On till: January 29

Timing: 11pm onwards

Entry: Rs 200

Where: NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla Industrial Estate

Nearest metro station: Govindpuri on the Violet Line

First Published: Jan 26, 2012 18:09 IST