India Art Fair has global outlook

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Artists from around the world will gather in New Delhi at the end of the month for the 6th annual India Art Fair. India’s premier modern and contemporary art fair, it showcases 91 booths from India and across the world from January 30 to February 2.

The India Art Fair is widely seen as the most important platform for facilitating dialogue exchange and trade in the region. The 47 Indian galleries which will be exhibiting during this year’s fair will be showcasing a breadth of modern and contemporary art practices including painting, sculpture, new media, installation and performance art.

This year’s international galleries represent a dynamic mix, from returning European galleries, to a number of cutting edge newcomers, who all share the common goal to explore the Indian art market, forge key relationships and meet new collectors from South Asia.

In addition to the participation of leading and emerging contemporary galleries, an extensive art projects programme spanning the outdoor and indoor fair space will be a big focus of the fair this year, presenting a range of work from high profile Indian and international artists. Highlights of the programme include Listen Up! – the first public sound art project to be launched in India. Curated by Tim Goossens and Diana Campbell Betancourt and supported by 1after320 art projects, it is a city-wide installation to make sound art publicly accessible through cellular phones.

Other participators include artist Dayanita Singh, who 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. Jose Garcia Miguel (Perve Galeria,Portugal) will showcase a multi-arts installation Tears of Portugal encompassing video, photography and performance. This year’s fair has also attracted leading jeweller NIRAV MODI who will be presenting a collection of custom made designs inspired by motifs from the Mughal miniature school of art, encrusted with gems and priceless diamonds