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India Art Fair from January 31

Hyderabad, 30 January, 2019: The 11th edition of India Art Fair is touted to be the biggest fair of modern and contemporary Indian art is scheduled to be organized from January 31 to February 3, 2019 in capital city New Delhi. Two fine and extra ordinary artists from Telangana Thota Vaikuntam and Neha Verma from Lucknow are participating in the India Art Fair on behalf of Kalakriti Art Gallery this year.

Thota Vaikuntam, who is participating in the Art Fair on behalf of Kalakriti at focus booth E13 conjures a vision of figures, mostly women, and man in particular, are frequent subjects for his works clad in brilliantly hued garments grafted on to local tradition through his choice of subject and costume.

Born in Telangana's Burugupalli, Vaikuntam has always been driven to his subjects close to his roots, his works subjects concentrated on his immediate surroundings. Vaikuntam's art has a sense of strength to it, a power that emanates from the paint or charcoal that he applies to the surface, from his controlled lines, and from the fine strokes that he executes.

His early series of works depictes everyone and everything from the village ' scholars, farmers, devadasis, utensils, pots, measuring scales and doors. The series reflects the various shades and ethos of rural India and is a revelation of the inspiration that he draws from life around him.

Another participant from Kalakriti Neha Verma is the part of the project booth P05. Her work is a personal interpretation of a collective experience woven in and around the traditional consort of architectural patterns. Hailing from the city of Nawabs her works witnessed the perpetual influence of Hyderabad and Lucknavi architecture, her works romanticized beauty in geometric forms and patterns.

Creating multiple layers allows Neha to juxtapose various experiences from different time frames in a single matrix. Visually what drew Neha to the art installation was the incorporation of the patterns within the carpet, the compartmentalized spatial structure, and the way at times the composition moves out of the rigid structure of multiple layers as a frame in the latter.

India Art Fair reflects the country's fast-developing art scene, as well as offering curated insights into the cultural landscapes of neighboring states. The fair's programme draws together galleries, artists, private foundations, arts charities, artists' collectives, national institutions, cultural events and festivals. It aims to enable both local and international audiences to engage in innovative ways with the cultural history and development of the South Asian region.

The first fair targeted over 6000 visitors with 34 exhibiting galleries at the fair, and over 550 contemporary and modern artworks. The fair rapidly gained popularity, and the first three fairs had a total 146,000 visitors, making it among the world's most popular art fairs. Over the years the fair has mainly showcased Indian modernists (including Bombay Progressive Artists' Group), Indian Diaspora artists, contemporary Indian artists, international artists and art from the subcontinent.

India Art Fair attracts visitors with an interest in the arts, including curators, artists, collectors, journalists, gallerist's and critics. While some visit to acquire art, others view the fair as an exhibition or enjoyable cultural outing. Year round, the fair runs an extensive programme of events, such as education initiatives, artist commissions and pop-up programmes, aiming to increase audiences for the arts within India.

India Art Fair sees a particularly strong representation of leading Indian galleries deepening its audience's engagement with the region's creative landscape. Complementing the fair's regional perspective, carefully selected galleries from across Asia, Europe, North and South America showcase their globally-recognised artists, many of whom have never exhibited in the country before. To name few galliries 1x1 Art Gallery (Dubai), Aakriti Art Gallery (Kolkata), Aicon Gallery (New York), Akara Art (Mumbai), Anant Art (New Delhi), Arario Gallery (Cheonan / Seoul / Shanghai), Archer Art (Ahmedabad), Art Alive Gallery (New Delhi), Art Centrix Space (New Delhi), Art District XIII (New Delhi), Art Houz (Bengaluru/ Chennai/Coimbatore), Art Indus (New Delhi), Art Pilgrim (Gurugram), Blain|Southern (Berlin/ London), Bruno Art Group (New Delhi / Singapore / Tel Aviv), Chatterjee & Lal (Mumbai), Chawla Art Gallery(New Delhi), Chemould Prescott Road (Mumbai)Crayon Art Gallery (New Delhi)DAG (Mumbai / New Delhi/ New York), David Zwirner (Hong Kong / London / New York), Dhoomimal Gallery (New Delhi), Emami Art (Kolkata), Exhibit 320 (New Delhi), Experimenter (Kolkata), Galeria Joan Gaspar (Barcelona), Galerie ISA (Mumbai), Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke (Mumbai), Gallerie Ganesha (New Delhi), Gallerie Nvya (New Delhi), Gallery Art Motif (New Delhi), Gallery Espace (New Delhi), Gallery Latitude 28 (New Delhi), Gallery Sumukha(Bengaluru), Gallery Veda (Chennai), GALLERYSKE (Bengaluru/New Delhi), Ganges Art Gallery(Kolkata), Grosvenor Gallery (London), Jhaveri Contemporary (Mumbai), Lukas Feichtner Galerie (Vienna)Nature Morte (New Delhi)Neugerriems chneider (Berlin)Palette Art Gallery(New Delhi), PHOTOINK (New Delhi), Project 88 (Mumbai), REDSEA Gallery (Singapore), Rukshaan Art (Mumbai), Sakshi Gallery (Mumbai), Sanchit Art (New Delhi), Shrine Empire (New Delhi), Sokyo Gallery (Kyoto), TARQ (Mumbai), The Guild (Alibaug), Threshold Art Gallery (New Delhi), Vadehra Art Gallery (New Delhi), Wonderwall (New Delhi), ZOCA Zone of Contemporary Art (Ahmedabad / Mannheim).

Akara Art (Mumbai), Anant Art (New Delhi), Chawla Art Gallery (New Delhi), Exhibit 320 (New Delhi), Gallery Latitude 28 (New Delhi), Kalakriti Art Gallery (Hyderabad), Thomas Erben Gallery /Chemould Prescott Road (New York / Mumbai), Art Alive Gallery (New Delhi), Blueprint 12 (New Delhi), Britto Arts Trust (Dhaka), Delhi Crafts Council (New Delhi), Metta Contemporary (Navi Mumbai), Swaraj Art Archive (Noida), TAF: Tribal Art Forms (New Delhi), Bengal Foundation (Dhaka)Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) (New Delhi), Inlaks India Foundation (New Delhi), Italian Embassy Cultural Centre (New Delhi), Kiran Nadar Museum Of Art (New Delhi / Noida), Korean Cultural Centre India (New Delhi), MASH Video Space (New Delhi)Museum of Art and Photography (Bengaluru)Serendipity Arts Foundation (New Delhi), Start India Foundation.

News Posted: 30 January, 2019


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