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Shanghai Surprise

The India-China bonhomie on the art front continues. In the latest tie-up,Indian art consultant Tushar Sethi collaborates with the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai to display the works of established artists in China’s commercial capital.

Written by Georgina Maddox |
July 14, 2009 1:03:22 am

The India-China bonhomie on the art front continues. In the latest tie-up,Indian art consultant Tushar Sethi collaborates with the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai to display the works of established artists in China’s commercial capital. From today,the work of noted artists like Anju Dodiya,Jitish Kallat,

T V Santosh,Riyas Komu,Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra (famous as Thukral and Tagra) and Suryakant Lokhande will be showing at the museum,which claims this to be their biggest display of Indian art.

The global art market had begun to open up to Indian art at the auctions. However,the slump in the market resulted in a major price correction for many of the contemporary artists. “In the current scenario,this is an exercise to increase our buyer base — not just for artists who are with us but for the art market at large. A lot of the artists on display are not regulars with our gallery,but a selection of high-end artists,” says Sethi,a business graduate from the Regents Business School,London. He is hosting the show with the help of his father Vickram Sethi whose gallery,Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA),Mumbai,is well known. Clubbing together business with art,Tushar,a chip of the old block,has plunged into art with big plans to partner with many galleries and show internationally.

“We are trying to cash in on the growing market in China and Russia. We will also host a show in Moscow,” confirms Tushar,who has launched astaguru.com that has had three successful auctions. “We have collectors from Taipei and Russia to attend the exhibition,” he adds. The exhibition is,of course,not for sale,but is simply to generate interest. There is no curated theme this time,but Tushar intends to have one soon.

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There is more good news for those looking forward to such collaborations in Asian art market. Sakshi Gallery’s Geetha Mehra,who was the first to set up a gallery in Taipei as well as have a stall at Hong Kong Art Fair,says,“There is much excitement about Asian art and a synergy between the two art markets and styles was inevitable.” A travelling show featuring Taiwanese and Indonesian artists,Jompet Kuswidananto,Wang Wan-Yu,Wu Chi-Tsung and Xu Zhe-Yu among others,will be visiting Mumbai in September.

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