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India Art Fair returns this month
Sainchi. Phulkari Textile. 90in x 54in. Courtesy of Inherited Arts Forum.



NEW DELHI.- India Art Fair, the leading platform to discover and celebrate modern and contemporary art from South Asia, announces additional participating galleries and programme highlights ahead of the 13th edition taking place from 28 April - 1 May 2022. In partnership with BMW India, the fair will present 79 exhibitors across 17 cities, including an unprecedented 14 non-profit foundations and institutions. Through an open call led in collaboration with The Gujral Foundation and Artdemic, Anshuka Mahapatra has been selected to design the tent façade of the 2022 fair.

Helmed by Jaya Asokan for the first time since her appointment in April 2021, this edition of the fair is a testament to the resilience of the Indian and South Asian art market and the art community at large. The fair spotlights the next generation of artists alongside modern masters through initiatives including Auditorium talks, performances, film screenings, outdoor art projects, artist-led workshops, and an online symposium in the run up to the fair. Continuing the fair’s enduring relationship with the region’s pioneering institutions, the forthcoming edition will see participation from Kochi Biennale Foundation, Chennai Photo Biennale and Serendipity Arts Foundation, among others.

Extending its role beyond that of an annual event, India Art Fair is making greater inroads into the local and international art scene by expanding its digital presence through website editorial and films, a range of online talks, workshops and exhibition walkthroughs, as well as the IAF Parallel programme including events and exhibitions of Indian and South Asian art taking place in cities across India and the world.

GALLERY HIGHLIGHTS

India Art Fair 2022 is set to include some of the region’s most important contemporary art galleries presenting established names and promising young talents including: Vadehra Art Gallery, Nature Morte, Gallery Espace, Blueprint12 (all New Delhi), Experimenter, Emami Art and Akar Prakar (all Kolkata), Tarq, Tao Art Gallery, Jhaveri Contemporary, Chatterjee & Lal (all Mumbai), Gallery Veda, Art Houz, Apparao Galleries (all Chennai) and GALLERYSKE (Bengaluru / New Delhi). The fair will also see 4 international galleries return: Aicon Art (New York, USA), Aicon Contemporary (New York, USA), Grosvenor Gallery (London, UK) and Galeria Karla Osorio (São Paolo, Brazil).

OTHER FAIR SECTIONS

Alongside the main section of the fair, FOCUS will showcase solo presentations curated by participating galleries. The forthcoming edition’s line-up includes: Sudip Roy by Aakriti Art Gallery (Kolkata), Chetnaa by Anupa Mehta Arts (Mumbai), Stephen Cox by Apparao Galleries (Chennai, New Delhi), Thota Vaikuntam by Emami Art (Kolkata), P.R. Daroz by Gallerie Nvya (New Delhi), Ankon Mitra by Gallery Art Positive (New Delhi) and Vinod Daroz by Kalakriti Art Gallery (Hyderabad).

PLATFORM, a section that foregrounds traditional Indian artforms, will be reimagined by curator Amit Kumar Jain. The 2022 section takes the title Patina and Pigment and will showcase masterpieces of Gond painting by Jangarh Singh Shyam; Madhubani painting by Anmana Devi; rare bhuta bronze masks from coastal Kerala and Karnataka; textiles and wall carpets from Rajasthan and much more.

The celebrated INSTITUTIONS section will return with an unprecedented 14 leading cultural festivals, collectives and non-profit foundations from the region, including Chennai Photo Biennale (Chennai), Kochi Biennale Foundation (Kochi), and Kolkata Centre for Creativity (Kolkata).

OUTDOOR ART PROJECTS will include large-scale installations presented by institutions extending across the fairgrounds, such as an open-air library of festival books and catalogues by Serendipity Arts Foundation; and women and trans-women collective Aravani Art Project who will create a colossal mural along the walkway into the fair supported by Saffronart Foundation.

THE STUDIO, a brand new space at the fair this year will be dedicated to making bridges across creative fields beyond visual art including design, fashion, food and technology with partners spanning these fields.










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