Colorful and crowded it was with hundreds of people including artists, critics, museum director, collectors all present at this Fair for the opening preview.Art fair like this take art out of the intimidating spaces of an art gallery and bring it into public venue and reach, this not only bring in the new audience but also bring in the change in buyer base, both in terms of Indian and International.
Its winter time, an Arty week in Delhi, and I was stuck in Govindpuri traffic on my way to the India Art Fair 2014, the biggest Annual Kumbh mela of Art.
In midst of the noisy traffic intersection there were noises in my mind of last couple of difficult years for art, as well as present optimistic air after the Christies debut auction’s ‘booster shot’. soon I found myself lost in the sixth edition of the biggest annual Indian Art Fair in four carpeted tents.Colorful and crowded it was with hundreds of people including artists, critics, museum director, collectors all present at this Fair for the opening preview .
Art fair like this take art out of the intimidating spaces of an art gallery and bring it into public venue and reach, this not only bring in the new audience but also bring in the change in buyer base, both in terms of Indian and International ,but somewhere art loosing it’s meaning to the ridiculous economics for the artist community.
This year it seems smaller than the last year and I personally felt that there was no cutting edge Installations, no whacky art works, no trying too hard. Yes, strange that there was the added feature of Mughal inspired miniature Jewelry display, booth with high- end furniture being considered art was beyond my understanding, also I i did not get the repetitive showing of same artist .
But all in all the electrical displays of classic and contemporary canvases, sculpture, photograph, live art, interactive video, public art –arty, all serious to spectacle. There was plenty of it for audience to peep in and experience it in their own way and find their own meaning.One could feast on the work of masters like Hussian and Souza ,Picasso,Miro, along with some of the emerging ones also finding space.Though the booths focusing on an artist make more sense to me, but the one showing group of artists had more to offer as one would suddenly come across real good work tucked in a corner.
Loved some of the work at the gallery from Karchi. Some intersting works from Chinese artist. This year the fair had a strong presence of pop art in foreign galleries.After breathing in so much art, in the end with tired feet I just remembered these famous words “Art washes away from the soul. the dust of every day life” by Picasso
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