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Don’t Pinch Me

The galleries might be preparing for a lean summer,but it is the perfect time to strike a good bargain if you are looking out for that art work that does not pinch your pocket.

Written by Georgina Maddox |
May 11, 2009 2:55:50 am

Your guide to pocket-friendly art this summer

The galleries might be preparing for a lean summer,but it is the perfect time to strike a good bargain if you are looking out for that art work that does not pinch your pocket.

Taking advantage of the off season,the Institute Of Contemporary Indian Art,better known as ICIA,headed by Vickram Sethi,will launch its summer online auction today. You can log on to astaguru.com and pick up paper works by artists like Bhupen Khakhar,Anjolie Ela Menon and Manu Parekh,all within Rs 2 lakh price tag. There are also prints by artists like Pushpamala for Rs 72,000 and small-scale glass-installations by artists like Sunil Gawde for Rs 3 lakh. “These are works that are not only pocket-friendly but are also done in a safe medium with good resale value,” reasons Sethi.

Everybody appreciates art,but not many can get their hands on the originals. Keeping this in mind,the India Fine Art online gallery (indiafineart.com) has a reach-out-to-the-ordinary-man scheme with limited-edition prints. One can pick up limited-edition artist prints for a mere Rs 2,500. “At our online art gallery we have showcased a limited-edition portfolio of various renowned Indian artists. These are prints of the original artwork,signed and numbered by the artists. Now you can enjoy art at home or at work at an affordable price,” says Manvindar Dawer,one of the two partner members of IFA,the other being Penny Patel. One can get these editions printed on paper or on canvas.

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If you are just looking for art to do up your home and are not really concerned with names and signatures,going for up-and-coming artists is another way of accessing affordable work. It goes without saying that established galleries and artists are not exempt from the economic slowdown and it is a good time to bargain for art—our advice is to do it with a bit of flair,not reducing the whole process to shopping for veggies at the market.

If you thought this was just an Indian phenomenon,there is an affordable art fair in Bristol,UK,from May 15 to 17. Over 50 galleries will be exhibiting their collections and the throwaway prices are anywhere from 50 pounds (Rs 3,734) to 3,000 pounds (Rs 2 lakh).

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