20 October, 2020

The Delhi Art Haat

Picasso, Dali, Yoko Ono.... the India Art Fair is bigger than ever

AFP (From Outlook, February 06, 2012)
The Delhi Art Haat

If it’s in January, it’s the India Art Fair. As aficionados zoom in for the five-day buzz in Delhi and the sampling of international art, there is a sense of disbelief that this is actually happening at one’s doorstep. Indeed, the annual fair has grown from an embryonic state some years ago to the high-end profile it now enjoys on the art map of the world. What makes it special is the international attention it is beginning to draw, with major art galleries vying for space. Indeed, as the fair’s dynamic, young director Neha Kirpal points out: “Lots of western area markets are drying up and the future lies in Asia.” In this year’s edition, there are major galleries such as Hauser and Wirth, who have showcased Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher internationally, and the White Cube and Gallery Continuaa that represents the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei among others. Damien Hirst’s gallery Other Criteria will be present as well and it is likely that the diamond skull artist, once known for his...



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