6th edition of India Art Fair gets off to a start

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When the chips are down, play it safe, seems to be India Art Fair’s mantra for its sixth edition in the national capital. Great masters of India — from FN Souza, MF Husain and Bhupen Khakkar to Atul Dodiya and Paresh Maity — and the world, from Picasso to Miro, could be spotted more often this year.

Not really surprising that Neha Kirpal, the woman behind one of South Asia’s leading art fairs, says she is “optimistically cautious” about the Indian art market. “There are a number of positive indications that the market is in a promising, if not burgeoning, state. The level of international outreach and the positive responses for this edition show an expansion of interest in India globally,” says Kirpal.

Despite tripping on famous names at every corner, if you are scouting for talents rather than masters, there’s still plenty to choose from this year’s 1,000 artists. Hung in the long winding corridors are gems from all over the world — such as graphic artist Orijit Sen’s larger-than-life canvases that plot life in small towns of India; Scottish artist Olivia Fraser’s works that use ancient techniques of Indian art to convey modern and cross cultural themes; Icelandic artist Katrin Fridrik’s colour swirls; and Syrian artist Tammam Azzam’s Freedom Graffiti that has him painting Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss on the bullet-ridden walls of a crumbling Syrian apartment — waiting to be discovered. The fair is on till February 2.

jemima.raman@mydigitalfc.com

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