Returning for its sixth edition, India Art Fair opens 30 January and runs until 2 February in New Delhi. The premier modern and contemporary fair has a global reputation as being one of South Asia’s leading art events. The 91 scheduled booths bring local and international artists into direct contact with a diverse audience. There is also an exciting programme in place, including Art Projects, a Speakers’ Forum and a city wide Collateral Events schedule.
Bringing together a vast array of galleries, India Art Fair features 47 Indian galleries and a range of international galleries from Europe and South Asia. Together, the businesses represent a breadth of contemporary art practices such as painting, sculpture, new media, installation and performance art. Audiences can expect to come into contact with returning participants as well as several newcomers, all of whom are concerned with developing key relationships with the Indian art market.
On top of the main fair, an in-depth Art Projects programme takes over the outdoor and indoor space, exhibiting a range of pieces from high profile Indian and international artists. A highlight of this selection includes Listen Up!, the first public sound art project to be launched in the country with the aim of making sound art publically accessible through mobile phones. Among the extensive variety of other participators, artist Dayanita Singh will present excerpts from her critically acclaimed File Room series, which has been shown this year at the Venice Biennale and the Hayward Gallery, London. Furthermore, Jose Garcia Miguel (Perve Galeria, Portugal) will showcase a multi-arts installation Tears of Portugal, encompassing video, photography and performance.
Significant cultural events set to take place in conjunction with the fair as part of the Collatoral Events programme include INSERT2014, an exhibition curated by Raqs Media Collective, of 20 leading International and Indian artists, and WORD.SOUND.POWER a collaborative exhibition by KHOJ International Artists’ Association and the Tate Modern. The event also plays host to a tightly curated VIP Programme, in collaboration with public institutions, galleries and private art organisations, for visiting collectors and museums.
India Art Fair, 30 January – 2 February, NSIC Exibition Grounds, New Delhi.
1. Galleria Continua, Subodh Gupta, There is Always Cinema, Objects Trouves, Nickel, Brass, Space Dimensions, 2008.