Uncanny installations, life size sculptures, and paintings in myriad media are among the wide range of art works that are up for grabs by art lovers at India Art Festival that began at the National Stadium.
The 3-day-long festival, which celebrates contemporary and modern art has brought 40 art galleries and over 300 artists from 15 Indian cities and 5 countries under one roof and seeks to facilitate dialogue and collaborations between galleries, independent artists, art collectors and connoisseurs.
The event not only showcases major and mid-level art galleries with innovative artworks but also offers emerging, independent artists a platform to get discovered while getting an opportunity to interact with the masters.
“India Art Festival has a social and cultural responsibility and so it is pertinent to take it to various cities in India. So, the Delhi edition opens with an unbiased approach. While the India Art Festival is the flagship brand, all the artists and the participating galleries become its ambassadors,” Festival Director Rajendra said.
The festival has already hosted five editions at Mumbai and an international edition at World Trade Centre in Seoul.
“The Delhi edition is mainly aimed at the mid-level galleries who would like to get their value for a moderate expenditure, with some participation from major galleries as well. Thus, it is not only an affordable art fair for buyers but affordable for exhibitors too,” Rajendra said.
While there are scores of participants from within the country, the five international participants include Gnani Arts from Singapore, Kirsanov Photography from Switzerland, Myanmar Ink Art Gallery from Dubai and Segar Gallery from Sri Lanka.
“India Art Festival is here to democratise the very functioning of the art market and the gallery system. Galleries are private establishments whereas art fairs are brand identities. Both have credibility; over a period of time our art market has become more and more democratic through the activities in the secondary art market,” Rajendra said.
The fair is set to continue till January 17.