India Art Fair: Here are all the South Asian artists you need to know


India Art Fair: Here are all the South Asian artists you need to know

Get ready to add new artists to your radar

By Subhanjana Das  January 31st, 2020

India Art Fair kicked off its 12th edition with galleries, collections, and artists from the length and breadth of the world. The fair has long been the one-stop destination for discovering contemporary South Asian artists whose work transcend mediums. This year, India Art Fair will showcase 81 exhibitors from 20 different global and 14 Indian cities along with live performances, events, and an extended bookshop. It has collaborated with the Kochi Biennale, Serendipity Arts Festival, and Chennai Biennale as a strong gesture to put Indian art and artists in the spotlight.

The striking tent façade of the India Art Fair is the brainchild of visual artist Sameer Kulavoor which celebrates the Indian daily life. The fair also boasts of six large-scale interactive installations and sculptures by Chennai based printmaker Vijay Pichumani, acclaimed international photographer Martin Parr, Delhi-based Israeli artist Achia Anzi, mixed-media sculptor Anita Dube, amongst others.

Representatives of BMW Group Rudratej Singh (left) and Dr Thomas Girst (right) with fair director Jagdip Jagpal (centre)

Taking the centre stage at India Art Fair is Andy Warhol’s throat-catching BMW art car from 1979 which he painted himself, brought to India for the first time in association with BMW India.

Kiss (Violet)
© Chris Ofili. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

The Sunny Bedroom by Suntai Hwang Tae

Walk around the seemingly endless space and you will find some of the oldest and most significant art galleries of the country including Chemould Prescott Road, Gallery Isa, GALLERYSKYE, Nature Morte, etc. Premier international galleries like Marc Straus (New York), PSM (Berlin, Germany), Gallery Tableau (Seoul, South Korea), Aicon Contemporary (New York, USA), and 1X1 Art Gallery (Dubai, UAE) are also present.

In The Water Is a Wild Happiness by Natesa Amin

Crosstalk by Farah Mulla

There’s also a strong line-up of performances which include Maya Krishna Rao, national-award winning theatre performer and social activist, talks by Turner prize nominated filmmaker Naeem Mohaiemen, and others.

India Art Fair, NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi, from 30 January–2 February 2020
Public entry is from 2–7pm on 31 January and February 2020 and 10am–6pm on 2 February 2020.