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Art Affair
Text by Nasrin Modak
Published: Volume 18, Issue 12, December, 2010

The third edition of the India Art Summit in the capital promises to be a rich aesthetic experience with a greater curatorial focus and a varied range of works on show

“You walk in and the buzz, immediately, is extraordinary, and you know from experience once you’ve been to a number of these things — when you can feel that buzz, you know you’ve got a success,” said Henry Howard-Sneyd, deputy chairman, Europe and Asia, Sotheby’s at the India Art Summit last year. But that’s how it has always been with the India Art Summit, ever since it started in 2008. And while it’s only in its third year, the art fair is shaping up to be of a truly international standard and is already a huge hit amongst art connoisseurs worldwide.

In January, it only gets bigger, and better as the India Art Summit will present galleries from 20 countries, which will include the Lisson Gallery (London, UK), Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna, Austria) and Aicon Gallery (New York, USA).

Besides the reputed International Speakers’ Forum, Curated Projects, and an Education Series, the vibrant four-day programme includes a variety of collateral events. The country’s modern and contemporary art fair provides a unique opportunity for international art to be received by a large and discerning art audience.

What to expect
This edition of the India Art Summit will see a greater curatorial focus in everything including the gallery booth plans, group shows, and individual artist displays. With 8000 square metres of exhibition space, 84 galleries (of which 34 are international), carefully chosen by the selection committee of the art fair and more than 70,000 visitors.

“I can imagine this to be a major fair in Asia competing alongside London, Miami and Basel in the next five-10 years,” says Philip Hoffman, chief executive, The Fine Art Fund.

Art Fair
About 75 galleries will participate in the General Exhibition Section and the newly launched Solo Projects Section; exhibiting a range of paintings, sculptures, photography, mix media, prints, installations, drawings, video art and performances.

International Speakers’ Forum
A series of highly engaging topical seminars and panels is scheduled that will bring together an illustrious panel of experts from the art world to discuss key issues pertaining to art in the region, assessing important trends in emerging and developed art markets, and exchanging views on the development of art.

Video Lounge
This is one of the largest and most comprehensive showcases of video art in India. As part of a specially curated video art programme, you’ll have the opportunity to view video art by established and emerging artists from India and around the world.

Sculpture Park
A 900-square metre outdoor space especially for a Sculpture Park surrounding the entire art fair venue will display art curated by a panel and presented by participating galleries at the art fair.

Curated Projects
Art projects will be conceived to cover all genres and media of contemporary art. These interactive initiatives will involve eminent curators, art professionals and research students and will be designed to engage the visitors.

VIP Programme
In addition to the preview of the India Art Summit, VIP guests will also have access to exclusive social and cultural events, exhibition tours and artists’ studio visits. A distinctive programme will be designed to engage art collectors.

Solo Projects
This year, a new section of the art fair will be launched. Unlike the general exhibition section of the art fair in which each gallery booth shows a number of artists, galleries participating in the Solo Projects Section will have booth displays dedicated to a single artist.

Art Arena
This space within the art fair will be dedicated to the art industry, representing a range of art business and organisations including art magazines, art publishers, art funds, art insurance companies, art movers and packers.

Education Series
A number of educational initiatives designed to provide greater understanding and access to art in India will be included. The education series is an ideal opportunity for visitors to engage in specialised workshops and educational programmes.
The India Art Summit has been a triumph for the Indian art community and it will continue to be a rich and fulfilling art experience in India.

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