India focus at 2009 Spanish Art fair

India focus at 2009 Spanish Art fair


New Delhi: Reflecting a growing popularity of Indian art, leading artists and top galleries from across the country have been invited to showcase their works at ARCOmadrid, the prestigious international Contemporary Art Fair of Spain.

The annual fair, which is among the best-known in Europe and a big social event bringing together galleries, artists, collectors, curators, musuem directors and experts worldwide, will host India under its Panorama section, which features art from guest countries.

“Arco is one of the four main fairs in contemporary art worldwide. We chose India to be the focus this year because it is a fascinating country with a rich heritage and has been highlighted at various important events like the fashion scene in Paris and the Frankfurt Book Fair," Luis Eduardo Cortes, chairman of IFEMA, the trade fair Institution in Madrid told PTI.

“Also Indian contemporary art is still to be discovered in Spain and we wanted to give young artists a chance to showcase their work to the world," he said.

A selection of 13 galleries by curator Bose Krishnamachari will bring to the fair recent works of 50 contemporary artists of the Indian scene including stalwarts such as M F Husain, Tyeb Mehta and Subodh Gupta.

Along with established artists younger creators such as pianter Anandajit Ray, sculptor Chintan Upadhyay, video artist Manjunath Kamathand multidisciplinary creator Riyas Komu would offer comprehensive insight into the current art scene in India.