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India Art Summit puts forth a strong case for art without borders

Stimulating international dialogue may well be the catchphrase at this year’s India Art Summit at Pragati Maidan,New Delhi.

Written by Georgina Maddox | Mumbai |
August 21, 2009 1:55:02 am

Stimulating international dialogue may well be the catchphrase at this year’s India Art Summit at Pragati Maidan,New Delhi. The art hub,like every year,has a number of Mumbai galleries and artists participating. There are over 15 international galleries at the Summit,and several Indian galleries like Sakshi Art Gallery,Chemould Prescott,The Loft,Chatterjee & Lal and Marigold Fine Art.

Art works from China,Korea,Japan and Philippines to New York,London and Germany will be on display at the Summit. Eastern Europe has a small representation as does UAE. Mortimer Chatterjee of Chatterjee & Lal,says,“It takes a lot of gumption for international galleries to show in India since Indian collectors are more focused and less experimental when it comes to collecting. I also do not see the participation of these galleries posing any threat to Indian counterparts.”

“India has had a large presence at other art fairs in France,London,Dubai which has kindled the interest of many foreign galleries,artists and collectors. However,the Indian market is yet unexplored by galleries and collectors from Asia and Europe,” observes Kanchi Mehta,an independent curator.

The stall at the Arario Gallery,a China-based gallery that has branches in New York,Korea,displays an interesting mix of Indian and Korean art with artists like Dong Wook Lee displayed alongside Jitish Kallat and L N Talur. Assistant curator Hwajung Choi says art techniques are universal. “I think to really understand the difference between Indian and Korean art one has to have knowledge of that culture. Otherwise the techniques employed by Indian artists are quite international,” says the curator referring to Kallat’s 90×204 canvas,Eclipse,depicting Mumbai’s street children with a tangle of the metropolis’ crowded streets in their hair. Talur’s installation could belong to any nation since the dark greasy machine churning out lumps of black waste bears no direct reference to India.  

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While the etchings and drawings by Picasso,hosted by German art gallery Beck & Eggling,could have got a better display,Anish Kapoor’s sculptures displayed by Lisson Gallery take pride of place.

One can take in the references to specific culture or choose to look at the art as a seamless continuum of globalisation,as Christian Hosp of Galerie Christian Hosp says,“We are committed to bringing about a dialogue between Asia and the West,through a dedicated selection and display of artists from Europe and Asia.”

Internationally yours
* Rob Dean Art Ltd,UK 
* Galerie Christian Hosp,Germany  
* Aanant & Zoo,Germany  
* Ivonna Veiherete Art Gallery,Latvia 
* Art Quest,London  
* Aicon Gallery,USA 
* Shonandai MT Gallery,Japan  
* HBgalerie,Rotterdam  
* 1X1 Dubai,UAE  
* Lisson Gallery,London  
* Thomas Erben Gallery

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