Firsts at the India Art Summit 2009

Firsts at the India Art Summit 2009
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First Published: Thu, Aug 20 2009. 01 21 AM IST

Untitled by Anish Kapoor 2009. Stainless steel and lacquer. Lisson Gallery, London
Untitled by Anish Kapoor 2009. Stainless steel and lacquer. Lisson Gallery, London
Updated: Thu, Aug 20 2009. 04 35 PM IST
The second edition of India Art Summit 2009 (19-22 August) has 54 galleries from India, the Asian region, Middle East, Europe and the United States participating in a mega art confluence spanning 4,500 sqm at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
Click here to view a slideshow of the India Art Summit 2009
Grander in scale this year around, the summit hosts many firsts. LOUNGE picks a few must-sees for art enthusiasts and buyers:
Untitled by Anish Kapoor 2009. Stainless steel and lacquer. Lisson Gallery, London
First India show
World-famous U.K-based artist of Indian origin, Anish Kapoor exhibits in India for the first time: Anish Kapoor is known for the strong, sensual shapes he creates in bold reds and blues. Born in Mumbai in 1954, Kapoor has made London home ever since he went there to attend art school. In 1990, he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. The following year, he won the prestigious Turner prize. He has had solo exhibitions of his sculpture works at the Tate Gallery in London and other venues in Paris and New York.
Now, London’s Lisson Gallery brings Kapoor’s works for the first time to the country of his birth.
First time exhibitor
Chalk work and etchings by Pablo Picasso. Beck & Eggeling Gallery
Beck & Eggeling from Germany participates in the India Art Summit for the first time: The Dusseldorf-based gallery will be showcasing some rare chalk works by Pablo Picasso along with works by contemporary artists such as Desmond Lazaro (U.K) and Sonia Mehra Chawla (India).
Stefan Wimmer, managing partner, Beck & Eggeling, says that attending the summit was crucial this year with India rapidly increasing in prominence as an important market on the global art map.
First comprehensive video lounge
Still from video art by Russian group AES+F. Arario Gallery, Beijing
Summit’s Video Lounge signals a shift towards digital work by presenting the largest Indian platform for video artists for the first time: The summit will bring together 99 works of video art from India and abroad. Of these, 25 are from Gallery Espace’s Video Wednesday series (July2008-June2009) while the others are from an assortment of sources like the Devi Art Foundation, Khoj Kolkata and Project 88.
Neha Kirpal, associate summit director shares that the videos will play in a loop throughout the summit in a specially designed lounge with classroom-style benches.
First time sculptor
Artist Arpana Caur goes three dimensional for the first time:
The summit’s bent towards three dimensional artworks has drawn out several first time sculptors. Artist Arpana Caur has created a 72 x 40 x 12 inch brass sculpture to protest against the mindless felling of trees to clear up the country’s capital for the Commonwealth Games 2010. Titled Common wealth, the 175 kg sculpture depicts a pair of scissors symbolically stuck in its trunk.
For summit details, visit the website at www.indiaartsummit.com
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First Published: Thu, Aug 20 2009. 01 21 AM IST