Tuesday, October 18, 2011

India Art Fair 2012


India Art Fair 2012

India Art Fair Gallery Booths
Announcement of India Art Fair, 4TH Edition
25-29 January 2012in New Delhi 


New Delhi, 15 October 2011: Now in its 4th edition, India Art Fair (formerly India Art Summit) is set to take place at the NSIC grounds in New Delhi from 25-29 January 2012. Established in 2008 as the country’s first international art fair, India Art Fair has received 178,000 visitors over its first 3 editions.

The forthcoming 4th edition will showcase 87 galleries from 19 countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the U.A.E, U.K. and U.S.A. While the fair presents a diverse breath of art from across India, over 40% of exhibitors are international galleries. Hauser and Wirth (UK/Switzerland), White Cube (UK), Gallerie Continua (Italy), Kalfayan Galleries (Greece) and Everard Read (South Africa) will be amongst the leading international galleries participating for the first time at the fair.

Attracting more than 100,000 people and a record number of new collectors (30-40%), the highly successful 3rd edition firmly established India Art Fair as the region’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art, and demonstrated the vast potential of the Indian art market. With one of the world’s fastest growing economies and HNWI (high net-worth individual) populations, and an expanding collector base, India is increasingly becoming an important centre for the global art market.  With an annual growth rate of almost 300% and an expanding global participation in its initial years, India Art Fair has repeatedly brought art into the focus of mainstream society in India, and contributing to the long term development of the Indian art scene.

The 4th edition will include the flagship Speakers’ Forum, Video Lounge, Art Projects, the Merchandise and Book Store, and a series of Collateral Events around the city of New Delhi. The art fair will be presented in an expanded new format, spread across 10,000 square metres at the NSIC grounds in central New Delhi.

India Art Fair’s partners for the 4th edition supporting partners include Officine Paneria, Sotheby’s and the Conde Nast Group. The fair’s academic partners include Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong) and Jawarharlal Nehru University (New Delhi).

Earlier this year, India Art Fair launched The Collectors’ Circle - a new initiative aimed at increasing awareness and access to art amongst young collectors. This will be a year-round membership based initiative that will provide information about art events including  talks, conferences, workshops and networking events with top individual and institutional collectors spread across India, and global art centres.

Neha Kirpal (Founding Director, India Art Fair) describes the upcoming edition of India Art Fair as “an important milestone for the art fair; which has witnessed exceptional growth and development in a short period of time. The 4th edition brings us closer to our goal of developing a truly world class fair, facilitating international exchange and trade, and contributing to the growth of a vibrant art scene in the Indian sub-continent”.

This year, Ms. Kirpal brings on two new strategic partners as co-owners of India Art Fair,  Will Ramsay and  Sandy Angus, who will bring in their global expertise in exhibitions and events.  Mr. Ramsay is Founder of Ramsay Fairs, PULSE Art Fairs, and Affordable Art Fairs; he runs art fairs in 8 countries on 4 continents.  Mr. Angus is Chairman of Montgomery Worldwide.  Mr. Ramsay and Mr. Angus are also co-founders of Art HK, the Hong Kong International Art Fair.

To see highlights of the 3rd edition, and what is in store for India Art Fair in 2012
 please view a short video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX0inxnOMGE.

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