India’s premier modern and contemporary art fair returns to New Delhi for its 7th edition. Supported by YES Bank, India Art Fair is one of the most important platforms for facilitating creative dialogue and promoting art trade in the region. The 2015 fair, commencing on the 29 January, sees 85 galleries exhibiting across 90 booths, each stand showcasing a breath of modern and contemporary art practices including painting, sculpture, new media, installation and performance art. The upcoming fair promises to offer a curatorial focus on international diversity.
A major new feature for 2015 is the selection of Girish Shahane as Artistic Director. This appointment aims to integrate a closely curated Artistic Projects programme with the fair, as well as introduce a variety of relevant talks by international speakers through the Speakers’ Forum. The 2015 Artistic Projects will present an expansive collection of works from high profile Indian and international artists, including a large-scale in-situ installation piece by renowned French artist Daniel Buren. Joining Buren’s installation will be Indian artist Atul Bhalla’s interactive maze of turnstiles and Chitra Ganesh & Dhruvi Acharya’s collaborative painting.
Meanwhile, the fair’s first Speakers’ Forum will include discussions from Adam Szymczyk, Artistic Director of documenta; Dr. Venu Vasudevan, Director General of the National Museum, Delhi; Jeremy Deller, leading artist and creator of the British pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale; Sheikha Hoor al Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Biennale and curator of the UAE pavilion at the next Venice Biennale; and Julian Stallabrass, Professor at the Courtauld Institute London.
With the 2015 reorganisation of the India Art Fair layout, an enlarged exhibition space has been added, as well as a new permanent structure for Delhi Art Gallery’s comprehensive review of India’s outstanding array of modern and contemporary artists. In addition, partner YES Bank will host a series of talks and events in the YES Bank Lounge, including conversations with artists and collectors, workshops with the Asia Art Archive and several book launches.
India Art Fair, 29 January – 1 February 2015, NSIC Exhibition Grounds, New Delhi, 110020, India.
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1. Chintan Upadhyay, Iconic Shrine Lost Soul, India Art Fair 2014. Courtesy of India Art Fair.