Culture writer attests to growing popularity of Indian artists in France

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.

Click here to read the original article on DNA and here to read a biography on the writer, Madhu Jain.

British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor standing in front of 'Yellow' (1999), made of fiberglass and pigment (600 x 600 x 300 cm). Image taken from weirdnews.about.com.

British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor standing in front of 'Yellow' (1999), made of fiberglass and pigment (600 x 600 x 300 cm). Image taken from weirdnews.about.com.

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.”

Click here to read the original article on DNA.

Jitish Kallat, 'Untitled (eclipse)', 2007, acrylic on canvas, 213 x 500 cm. Image taken from saatchi-gallery.co.uk.

Jitish Kallat, 'Untitled (eclipse)', 2007, acrylic on canvas, 213 x 500 cm. Image taken from saatchi-gallery.co.uk.

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