CONTEMPORARY INDIAN ART FRANCE
In an article published on DNA (Daily News and Analysis) in early November, culture writer Madhu Jain argues that France is trying to revive its status in the world of art. High-quality exhibitions like the recent one by Takashi Murakami in the Chateau De Versailles and Claude Monet shown at the Grand Palais are pulling crowds of visitors. Parallel to this trend, there is a growing fascination with Indian artists in the European art scene.
An art fair that represent both of these trends is FIAC (Foire Internationale d’art Contemporain). Until this year, this fair had been a “wilting wallflower” on the international art scene. However, “this time, the fair had 123 foreign galleries and many international collectors participating.”
Furthermore, this year FIAC had one Indian gallery – the Mumbai-based Chemould Prescott Road – that featured the works of Mithu Sen, Jitesh Kallat, Aditi Singh, Hema Upadhyay and Desmond Lazaro. Also spotted at FIAC were Indian artists Atul Dodiya (represented by Daniel Templon), Subodh Gupta (represented by In Situ/Fabienne Leclerc), New York-based Rina Banerjee (represented by Nathalie Obadia) and Anish Kapoor.
Collectors and dealers are getting extremely interested in artists such as V. Viswanadhan whose works are considered to be of the same quality as the works of French painter, engraver and sculptor Pierre Soulages. And, as the DNA article states, “… collectors are beginning to zoom in on other Indian artists.”
- Jitish Kallat talks about Saatchi exhibition of Indian works to Economist – video – October 2010 – Kallat talks about how the repositioning of India on the global map is aiding the development of the art scene
- Anish Kapoor given sculptural commission in London’s Olympic Park – April 2010 – The ArcelorMittal Orbit will be constructed in London’s Olympic Park
- Takashi Murakami on why the War helped create Japanese pop culture – December 2008 – the only visual artist in Time’s 2008 list of the 100 most influential people in art speaks in Hong Kong
- Royal Academy announces Anish Kapoor retrospective London 2009 – October 2008 – more on the Anish Kapoor Retrospective
- India Art Summit August 2008 is India’s first contemporary art fair – August 2008 – India holds its first contemporary art fair in New Delhi