The India Art Fair 2018: What to Expect
This year marks the 10th that the powerful India Art Fair (IAF) opens its doors in New Delhi (from February 9-12 at NSIC grounds, Okhla). Founded in 2008 by Neha Kirpal (who allegedly had her first business plans for the event written on the back of a paper bag!) the original event was planned in just four months, and quickly became the yearly event for South Asian modern and contemporary artists.
Here are a few things we’re excited to see this year:
New Creative Direction
This year the event will experience a new creative direction with director Jagdip Jagpal at the helm for the first time. One of her goals? To keep the event focused on the artists, and also to branch out and incorporate a more diverse selection of Indian galleries than ever before.
Last year saw over 72 exhibitors and 16 major art projects on display. This year, spectators are not only excited for the exhibit booths, but also to see the new space that will be devoted exclusively to large installations. Notable artists like G Ravinder Reddy, Shilpa Gupta, as well as South Korean artist Timothy Hyunsoo Lee, will be featured in the new space.
Timothy Hyunsoo Lee, 2013 Image: sabrinaamrani.com
This year the fair has plans to continue in the thread of last year’s feature theme of Vernacular Art. Last year saw art historian Annapurna Garimella highlighting the best names and works of indigenous art (like Gond, Mithila and Guruvayoor) and this year two new additions, Tribal Art Forms and Delhi Crafts Council, will make their debut and contribute to this ongoing collection. For more details on what exhibits you can look forward to this year, head to the IAF website.