The India Art Festival (IAF) – a contemporary art fair held annually in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru – is back in the city after almost two years of pandemic. India Art Festival is unveiling its sixth edition in New Delhi from 06 January 2022 at Constitution Club of India. It will continue till 09 January 2022. The exhibits will be on display from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm daily except the first day when they can be previewed from 1.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
Around 450 artists represented by 25 art galleries as well as independent artists are presenting 3500 works of art displayed through 80 booths.
The six editions at New Delhi and ten years in Mumbai establish the popularity of India Art Festival – a mixed art fair module wherein art galleries as well as independent artists are invited to exhibit under one roof. This democratic structure of art fair with art galleries & independent artists under one roof saw phenomenal ‘growth in scale, quality, and expansion’ in the last decade.
In this season, the festival is spreading this movement of ‘democratizing art viewing and buying’ to India’s silicon hub ‘Bengaluru’ in April 2022.
India Art Festival gives artists an opportunity to expose their art to several different kinds of audiences and build their network and assess their potential markets. On the other hand, art buyers and art collectors too prefer annual art fairs to search for works of arts they like from thousand of artworks available under one roof, instead of exhaustive weekend hopping around city’s art spaces. It also gives an opportunity to non-participating artists to interact with those who are displaying their works.
According to founder-director Rajendra, “Every year thousands of new artists coming out of art schools in the country but seldom get art galleries to represent them immediately. Today’s millennials look for ‘artworks’ which they can acquire to create inspiring ambience around their living spaces; many mid-level art galleries also look for art fairs in the metro-cities to reach out to the wider art buyer base. Today’s art buyers are working rich who look for ‘one-stop art shop’ with thousands of art choices under one roof.”
“All these factors together made India Art Festival expand its base from Mumbai to Delhi and now to Bengaluru. India Art Festival has successfully expanded the periphery of art choice presented to the art buyers. The young talent teeming with the unbridled form of creativity brings refreshing and new radical visual art voices to the art festival.”
This year, apart from 200 master and established artists represented by various art galleries, the art festival offers an outstanding panorama of the Indian art choices in the ‘Artists Pavilion’ by 250 independent artists hailing from various places from Chennai to Jammu and Tripura to Ahmedabad. The independent artists include mid-career, established as well as young rising stars of tomorrow.
The master artists whose museum-quality works will be displayed include Anjoli Ela Menon, Jogen Chowdhury, Arpana Caur, Krishen Khanna, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Manu Parekh, Neeraj Goswami, Jayshree Burman, Sudhir Patwardhan, Jatin Das, Sakti Burman, Laxma Goud, Seema Kohli, Ashok Bhowmick, Paresh Maity, T Vaikuntam, P Gnana, Laxman Aelay, M Narayan, Sunil Padwal, HR Das and and 100 other established names.
Participating Art Galleries:
New Delhi & NCR: Art Nouveau, Easel Stories, Eminent Art Gallery Gallery Pioneer, Gallerie Splash , Gallery Vision Art, Nifa Fine Art Academy, Sudha Art Creations, Uchaan
Mumbai: Art Desh Foundation, Artvista , House of Emerge, Mriya Arts, Rhythm Art, Studio3 Art Gallery, Other Cities: Huespikes (Bengaluru), M Narayan Studio(Pune), Pichwai by Beyond Square(Udaipur), Rabi Art Gallery(Santiniketan), Sneha Arts(Hyderabad), Nalini Creations(Patna)