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Square Deal

At the 21-year-old gallery’s first international branch, director Anand intends to showcase the modernists’ collection it is best known for.

Works by MF Husain; Bikash Bhattacharjee and FN Souza that will be showcased in New York.
Works by MF Husain; Bikash Bhattacharjee and FN Souza that will be showcased in New York.

Considered to be one of the most iconic skyscrapers on the busy Madison Avenue, the Fuller Building will now have an Indian presence. An impressive 7,000 square foot area on its seventh floor will now be occupied by Delhi Art Gallery. At the 21-year-old gallery’s first international branch, director Ashish Anand intends to showcase the modernists’ collection it is best known for.

“Indian modern art has much in common with 20th century artists elsewhere in the West. In the last 15 years most of Indian art at Christie’s and Sotheby’s has been sold to various collectors in the US. With a presence in the US, I’m sure people will also approach us to sell work, not just buy,” says Anand. The opening on March 17 will feature the exhibition “India Modern: Narratives from 20th century Indian art”, comprising works of 42 artists, which include FN Souza, SH Raza, Manjit Bawa and Ram Kumar.

“We intend to open new shows every quarter. An exhibition on Tantra art will take place towards the end of the year,” says Anand. The gallery with branches in Delhi and Mumbai, will also expand to Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Singapore in the near future. A larger space is also in store for Delhi.