Taking place annually in India’s capital, New Delhi, the fair reflects the city’s fast-developing local art scene, while offering curated insights into the cultural landscapes of neighbouring countries.
In partnership with BMW India, the 2019 edition of India Art Fair in New Delhi brought together 75 exhibitors for 24 countries which comprised of a diverse selection of local galleries (Chatterjee & Lal, Jhaveri Contemporary, Project 88 and TARQ (all Mumbai); Exhibit 320, Nature Morte, Shrine Empire and Anant Art (all New Delhi); Kalakriti Art Gallery (Hyderabad), Experimenter (Kolkata), GALLERYSKE (Bangalore) and ZOCA (Ahmedabad)) and first time participation by major international galleries including neugerriemschneider (Berlin, Germany) and Sokyo Gallery (Kyoto, Japan).
Aside from fair booths, visitors engaged with the Focus section showcasing solo presentations by seven artists curated by participating galleries and institutions including Bhagyashree Suthar (Akara Art) and Prajjwal Choudhury (Gallery Latitude 28); Pakistani artist Aisha Khalid (Anant Art); Delhi-based artist and educator Sumakshi Singh (Exhibit 320); Thota Vaikuntam (Kalakriti Art Gallery); Mumbai artist Aditi Singh (Thomas Erben Gallery / Chemould Prescott Road); and eminent Indian painter, sculptor, writer and architect Satish Gujral (Chawla Art Gallery).
Twelve site-specific works under the Art Projects framework allowed visitors to engage with large-scale interactive installations, sculptures and videos by self-taught artist Baaraan Ijlal, Manisha Gera Baswani who exhibited her Postcards from Home series, GALLERYSKE with a pop-up concept store offering artist designed products, and sculptural work by Shanthamani Muddaiah and Shalina Vichitra.
To engage with the dynamic gallery and institutional scene in the city, a new initiative IAF Parallel presented collateral events programmed by galleries, museums and arts spaces. Highlights included Kolkata-born Arpita Singh, one of the most significant women artists in India having her retrospective exhibition at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA); Emami Art’s presentation Bengal Masters, an exhibition of internationally renowned modern painters from Bengal at Triveni Kala Sangam; Tayeba Begum Lipi’s solo project at Shrine Empire offering a critical take on commodification; and exhibition walkthroughs in Lado Sarai, a contemporary arts hub in South Delhi.
India Art Fair continues to go from strength to strength through its committed focus on Indian galleries as well as drawing stellar international galleries form abroad contributing to rising sales as well as contributions to ‘supporting arts education and professional development opportunities, whilst recognising the crucial need to support the development of the local art scene, and provide dedicated exhibition space to emerging galleries and arts organisations.’
The fair was held from January 31 to February 2