“Exciting region to be part of”: 7 galleries talk about India Art Fair 2013



What did attending gallerists think of the India Art Fair 2013? We bring you the experiences of seven galleries from India, Europe, West Asia and America.

India Art fair held its fifth edition from 1 to 3 February 2013 at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds (Okhla) in New Delhi. Art Radar was there and spoke with over 25 galleries, finding the overall response positive: most galleries said that they would return in 2014 and many expressed confidence in India’s future in the international art market.

A fair visitor admires legendary Indian artist MF Husain's work, 'Blue Figure With Horses' (1980, acrylic on canvas, 47 x 82 inches). Image by Art Radar.

A fair visitor admires legendary Indian artist MF Husain's work, 'Blue Figure With Horses' (1980, acrylic on canvas, 47 x 82 inches). Image by Art Radar.

Founded in 2008, India Art Fair is a platform for modern and contemporary art in the Asian region. According to the organisers, over its four editions, the art fair has attracted more than 260,000 visitors from India and around the world, making it one of the world’s most attended art fairs and highlighting the growing potential of this emerging market.

The 2013 edition of the fair, with its speakers’ forum, art projects, performances, book launches and store, curated walks and, of course, exhibition halls, took place inside a custom-built tent more than 20,000 square metres in size, which was designed by contemporary Indian set designer and installation artist, Sumant Jayakrishnan.

This year, the fair was supported by international auction house Christie’s and featured 106 exhibitors from 24 countries. Read on to find out more about what seven of those galleries had to say.

Outside the India Art Fair 2013. Image by Art Radar.

Outside the India Art Fair 2013. Image by Art Radar.

Kalfayan Galleries (Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece)
Yuli Karatsiki, Gallery Director

Is this your first time at the fair?

This is the second time that we are participating at the India Art Fair. In the [next few] months we are doing The Armory Show – Contemporary, Art Dubai, Art Cologne, Art Brussels and Art Basel Hong Kong.

Have you noticed any changes at the fair this year? What is better?

The presence of Indian and international collectors and curators is stronger this year. We are very happy again this year with the response and the feedback we have received about the artists that we are showing: Rania Bellou (Greece), Aikaterini Gegisian (Greece), Dimitris Tataris (Greece), Nina Papaconstantinou (Greece), Emmanouil Bitsakis (Greece) and Raed Yassin (Lebanon).

How many pieces have you sold so far this year? What price range are the pieces you have sold?

Works by Rania Bellou have been placed with non-Indian collectors, while there are serious enquiries by both Indian and non-Indian collectors regarding other works we are exhibiting.

Will you be back in 2014?

Yes.

Do you have a gallery in New Delhi?

We do not have a gallery in New Delhi. We are based in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece.

What other fairs do you attend?

We participate in The Armory Show – Contemporary, Art Dubai, Art Cologne, Art Brussels, Art Basel Hong Kong, Artissima, Art Taipei, Art Athina and SH Contemporary.

Which artist has drawn the most attention in your booth this year?

The works of Rania Bellou, which are inspired by a dialogue between Greek and Indian culture, have drawn particular interest and attention, as have the intriguing drawings of Dimitris Tataris and the photographs of 2012 Abraaj Capital Art Prize winner, Raed Yassin.

Interviewed in person on 1 and 3 February 2013, and by email after the fair.

Yuli Karatsiki, Gallery Manager, Kalfayan Galleries (Greece), stands beside an artwork by Greek artist Rania Bellou. Image by Art Radar.

Yuli Karatsiki, Gallery Manager, Kalfayan Galleries (Greece), stands beside an artwork by Greek artist Rania Bellou. Image by Art Radar.

Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna, Austria)
Emilie Kiefhaber, Gallery Assistant

In their third year participating at India Art Fair, Gallery Krinzinger had seven pieces of artwork on display, priced between INR13 to 60 Lakhs, and all their artists received an equal amount of attention, said Kiefhaber. Aside from India Art Fair, they attend Art Basel, Frieze London and FIAC in Paris, France.

Interviewed in person on 1 February 2013.

Emile Kiefhaber, Gallery Assistant, Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), stands beside a sculpture by Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty. Image by Art Radar.

Emile Kiefhaber, Gallery Assistant, Galerie Krinzinger (Austria), stands beside a sculpture by Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty. Image by Art Radar.

Scream (London, United Kingdom)
Melissa Digby-Bell, Creative Director

Is this your first time at the fair?

This is the first time Scream has exhibited at the India Art Fair.

How many pieces have you sold so far this year?

Enough to make the gallery and the artists happy!

What price range are the pieces you have sold?

The works we deal with range from GBP5000 to 30,000.

What age and nationality are the buyers?

Scream has a focus on presenting works that have a universal appeal and we like to reach out to a wide audience. Our clients are from all ages and we have a significant international collector base with clients from Malaysia, Europe and the US, Brasil, Australia amongst others, and now India, too.

Will you come back next year?

It’s an exciting region to be a part of.

Do you have a gallery in New Delhi? If not, do you plan to open one?

No, we only have the gallery in London for now and we’re incredibly busy focusing our energies there, but expanding the gallery to an international level is definitely something that we’re interested in.

What other fairs do you attend?

We have participated in Scope (New York), London Art Fair, Art Stage Singapore and [this fair in] India. We plan to continue with an international art fair programme and promote our artists on a global scale.

Which artist has drawn the most attention in your booth this year?

I believe Pakpoom Silaphan attracted a lot of buyers. We have worked with Pakpoom since 2010 and he is going from strength to strength, which is wonderful to see. All the artists we’ve shown have been well received, but Ye Hongxing‘s epic sticker works and Tsai & Yoshikawa‘s light installations have really inspired and intrigued people.

Interviewed by email after the fair.

Pakpoom Silaphan, 'Triple Gandhi on Pepsi', 2013, mixed media on vintage metal sign, 133.2 x 132 cm. Scream Gallery, London. Image by Art Radar.

Pakpoom Silaphan, 'Triple Gandhi on Pepsi', 2013, mixed media on vintage metal sign, 133.2 x 132 cm. Scream Gallery, London. Image by Art Radar.

Bruno Gallery (Ha’Ayin, Israel / Singapore)
Motti Abramovitz, Chairman, Bruno Art Group

First time participant Bruno Gallery told Art Radar that, at the time of speaking to us, they had not sold any artworks. They said that artists David Gerstein and Yaacov Agam had attracted the most attention in their booth at the fair. Aside from the India Art Fair, they attend fairs in Singapore and Hong Kong, and they plan to open a gallery in New Delhi. They will return to the Indian Art Fair in 2014.

Interviewed in person on 1 February 2013, and by email after the fair.

David Gerstein, 'Beauty Hunter' (detail), 2007, hand painted cutout steel, 85 x 47 inches. Limited edition of 8. Bruno Gallery, Israel/Singapore. Image by Art Radar.

David Gerstein, 'Beauty Hunter' (detail), 2007, hand painted cutout steel, 85 x 47 inches. Limited edition of 8. Bruno Gallery, Israel/Singapore. Image by Art Radar.

Gallery Artchill (Jaipur, India)
Sangeeta Juneja, Director

Is this your first time at the fair?

Gallery Artchill is participating for the second time [this year]. We participated last year [2012], also presenting a solo show of [work by] Akash Choyal.

Have you noticed any changes at the fair this year? What is better?

The India Art Fair is becoming a more enjoyable space for art lovers and the buyer community, both local and international. This year [2013], it seems that one can find more multimedia and experimental works.

How many pieces have you sold so far this year?

We sold more than ten … three dimensional art books containing actual, smaller sized “trio-graphs” by [Indian contemporary artist] Akash Choyal. This is the first contemporary three dimensional art book in the world and the most expensive book published on an Indian contemporary artist. For artworks, we mainly have bookings; the most spotlighted [artwork] this year is Akash’s latest airy glass sculpture, Levitation 3.

What price range are the pieces you have sold?

The one contemporary three dimensional art book costs USD850. The prices of Akash’s works presented at the fair range from INR45,000 to 18 Lakhs.

What age and nationality are the buyers?

Buyers are between thirty and fifty years old; both from India and abroad.

Will you come back next year?

Yes.

Do you have a gallery in New Delhi? if not, do you plan to open one?

We have three galleries in Jaipur that have been operating for twenty years. We plan to participate in international art shows as well as organise one huge art show at Gallery Artchill, Jaipur, and an exchange programme.

Through our art exchange programme, step by step we aim to develop Jaipur as the capital of arts in India. Jaipur was always compared to an open-air museum, so we are joining forces to make this comparison more real.

We don’t plan to open a gallery in Delhi.

Interviewed in person on 1 and 3 February 2013, and by email after the fair.

Akash Choyal, 'Levitation', 2013, nylon threads, glass mirrors, 6 x 3 x 2 feet. Gallery Artchill, Jaipur, India. Image by Art Radar.

Akash Choyal, 'Levitation', 2013, nylon threads, glass mirrors, 6 x 3 x 2 feet. Gallery Artchill, Jaipur, India. Image by Art Radar.

Shrine Empire Gallery (New Delhi, India)
Shefali Somani, Director

How many pieces have you sold so far this year?

We have sold two of [Sri Lankan artist Anoli Perera‘s] works at the fair.

What price range are the pieces you have sold?

Both works sold for INR3.75 Lakhs.

What age and nationality are the buyers?

Our clients are in the age group of 35 to 50 and are mostly Indian.

Will you come back in 2014?

Yes, we will definitely be at the fair next year.

Interviewed in person on 1 February 2013, and by email after the fair.

Anoli Perera, 'Memory Keeper: The Blue Cupboard', wood cupboard, lace, wool, cloth, cotton filling, ceramic cups, DVD player and TV screen  (with 4.5 min. video on loop), 155 x 94 x 71 cm. Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi. Image by Art Radar.

Anoli Perera, 'Memory Keeper: The Blue Cupboard', wood cupboard, lace, wool, cloth, cotton filling, ceramic cups, DVD player and TV screen (with 4.5 min. video on loop), 155 x 94 x 71 cm. Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi. Image by Art Radar.

Jack Shainman Gallery (New York, United States)
Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Associate Director

The gallery had the work of two artists on display: Radcliffe Bailey and Vibha Galhotra. They said that their experience at the fair was very good. Although the sales were not that strong, there was a good critical response and the gallery made some good contacts. The gallery will return in 2014.

Interviewed in person on 3 February 2013.

Vibha Galhotra, 'Constructing Thoughts', 2011-2012, nickel coated ghunghroos, fabric, thread and polyurethane coat, 98 x 92.5". Image courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery.

Vibha Galhotra, 'Constructing Thoughts' (detail), 2011-2012, nickel coated ghunghroos, fabric, thread and polyurethane coat, 98 x 92.5". Image courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery.

Did you attend the 2013 edition of the India Art Fair? Let us know what you thought of this year’s event by leaving a comment below.

DP/KN/HH

Related Topics: art fairs in Asia, market watch – galleries, business of art – promoting art

Related Posts:

Subscribe to Art Radar for more on art fairs in India


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>