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What You Need To See At the India Art Fair

Aseem posted on 31st January

By Aseem Kulkarni

The India Art Fair is here! It’s time to get cultured and check out the amazing and thought-provoking contemporary art India has to offer. And with over 440 artists and over 85 international galleries exhibiting, you might be a little overwhelmed. That’s why LBB has put together a concise list of things you ought to see while you’re there.

Art Chowk Gallery | While we love our Delhi galleries, we thought we should list a gallery worth checking out outside of India. Art Chowk Gallery is the only gallery exhibiting from Pakistan. India Art Fair’s director, Neha Kirpal, has made sure that the fair will include a voice and space for the growing demand of Pakistani art.

Gallery Night @ Lado Sarai| If for whatever reason you cannot make it to the art fair, do not fret! There are plenty of collateral events going on throughout the city. One specific event taking place is the Gallery Night at Lado Sarai, Saturday the 31st. This includes evening exhibition receptions at galleries including, Gallery Art Positive, Aakriti Art Gallery, Art Konsult, Wonderwall, and Exhibition 320.

A Fair and Lovely Walk | Here at LBB we love a good walking tour. So we are happy to announce the art aficionado team at Artsome {the leading online resource for modern and contemporary Indian art} will be walking us through this expansive fair. Five walks will be held three times a day at 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. The duration of the each walk is 40 minutes and the starting point for each will be the Information Desk.

More Street Art | We cannot get enough of the amazing street art revolution in Delhi. Though this may not be on the streets, the installation by street artist Daku still leaves quite an impression. In a 100 meter long white stenciled text on asphalt, Daku will share his experiences as a street artist in the form of a romanticized text/ paragraph/ poem. His inspiration is the feeling of working on the streets, the smells, the interactions with others, and the excitement of transgression.

Prajapatai | This installation first appeared near the construction site of the Vasant Kunj mall. PRAJAPATI is a site-specific computer-controlled light sculpture that performs the function of a sentinel. Sounds a bit complicated? We promise it’s mesmerising and amazing to watch. While reminiscent of a lighthouse’s guiding light, PRAJAPATI is a deity presiding over procreation, with the personifications of TIME, FIRE and the SUN.

Pop Up Restaurants | Feast your eyes with the art and feast your face with the food. The India Art Fair 2015 has made sure to keep your eyes and mouth satisfied during your visit. Now you can enjoy your food and drink favourites from Monkey Bar, Hungry Monkey, SodaBottleOpenerWala, Guppy By Ai, Elma’s, and The Lodi.

1701 | Along with food pop-ups, 1701 is one of the three brands taking part in the design concept store at the Art Fair this year. They’ve even got a contest going. Basically, people have to tag creative pictures of themselves at the art fair under #1701artspotting and at the end of the fair, whoever tagged the most creative picture would get a 1701 camera bag with their initials embossed on it.

With this list, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed with the amount of choice offered at this art fair. Nor is there any reason to feel worried that there may not be something for you to see. Make the most of your post Republic Day weekend with the India Art Fair.

Where: NSIC Exhibition Grounds

When: 29th January – 1st February

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