The 7th Mumbai Edition of India Art Festival (IAF) from Feb 15-18 at the Nehru Centre, Worli continues to grow in scale, bringing cutting-edge contemporary art to the metro with over 50 Art Galleries and 575 artists, representing 30 cities across 10 countries from the Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe taking part in the exhibition. The inaugural ceremony of the festival was a star-studded affair, that saw celebrities of the likes of Sonu Nigam, Sanjay Raut, Lesle Lewis, Madhushree, Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, actors Mahima Chaudhary, Richa Sony and Kavitta Verma; Rajendra Patil – Founder and MD of India Art Festival; artists Gautam Patole, Prakash Bal Joshi, Prithvi Soni, Padmanabh Bendre, Paramesh Paul and Devyani Pareek among many others.
The India Art Festival, this year, is presenting all forms of artistic expressions including painting, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles, installations and offers an insight into current art trends from India and Asian countries.
Founded in 2011 by the publishers of Indian Contemporary Art Journal, IAF is the only art fair held annually in two metro cities – Mumbai and Delhi. Whether, it is a seasoned collector, or a new art buyer, just want to acquire the first piece of art, the India Art Festival with 5000 pieces of art on display is a perfect place to fall in love with art. At IAF, the art collectors are spoilt for choices to choose from many mediums and styles – oil paintings, acrylics, water colour, original prints, installations, drawings in myriad styles dealing with varied subjects including landscapes, figurative, abstracts, cityscapes, seascapes, urban and rural scenarios, portraits, nudes, semi-nudes, religious art, traditional paintings, murals, warli art and many more.
For the last eight years, India Art Festival has sought to provide an open atmosphere to showcase the very latest in contemporary art from new talents and well-established names. In the art festival’s seventh edition, established and younger galleries alike are trying to strike a balance and appealing to city’s seasoned art collectors while also actively catering to a younger generation of techno-savvy young art buyers. It makes for a varied, eclectic selection of art on offer.
This year sees over 20 new art galleries participating, with India Art Festival expanding the periphery of art choice presented to city art buyers. The young talents teeming with the unbridled form of creativity have brought refreshing and new radical visual art voices to the festival this year.
There are total 150 booths spread on the ground and second floor, Discovery of India Art Building, Nehru Centre, Worli. The major selection criterion is the quality of works and artists they propose to exhibit, the seriousness of the gallery, and their past exhibitions. India Art Festival is a contemporary art fair and preference first is given to contemporary art with very few modern art exceptions of on display. Finally, the aim remains to offer the broadest possible panorama of all art forms.
The participating art galleries include Art Gallery 10, ArtDesh Gallery, Artequest Art Gallery, Artezvous, Artvista, Artzolo.com , Dolna, the Moverment, e Art Gallery, Innovative Spaces, Mriya Arts, Painted Rhythm Art Gallery, Rhythm Art, SahajSrajan, Studio3, Tao Art Gallery, WBC Gallery, West10 Art Gallery (Mumbai), Art IndiaInternational, Easel Stories, Eminent Art Gallery, F & P Art Gallery, Galerie Art Eterne, GallerieRuki, Gallerie Splash, Gallery Pioneer, Gita Art Gallery, Moon Beams – ArtsInitiative, Nifa Fine Art Academy, Studio Endless Thoughts, Studio7 Seven,The Lexicon Art Gallery, The Lotus Pallete, Uchaan (New Delhi NCR), Gnani Arts, Peaks Art(Singapore), Al Falasi.arts, Mynmar Ink Art Gallery (Dubai), Maps Qatar (Doha), Aakriti Art Gallery, Agantuk Art Tune,Emami Art, ( Kolkata) Charvi Art Gallery, Galerie Sara Arakkal, Savi3 Studio Gallery(Bengaluru), BarodaHeritage Art Gallery( Baroda), Art Affinittee ( Kolhapur), Arts Breeze Art Gallery (Hyderabad), Beyond Square (Udaipur), Ekanti( Indore), Sunita’s Makerspace (Sarigram-Gujarat) among others.
The IAF will also be hosting four-panel discussions on ‘The Bombay School’, ‘Can Visual Art Really Bring About a Social Change?’, ‘Institutions and their outlook in the contemporary scenario’, and fourth is ‘Writing Centric Visual Art Practice’. The speakers include Art writers, art historians, Museum directors, institution builders and cultural commentators among others.
The interesting feature this year is 100% virtual coverage of India Art Festival through its e-commerce portal. All the artworks displayed in the art festival edition are also made available online in the art galleries and artists pavilion. The website has a series of filters that allow visitors to search exhibitors including art galleries artists, with advance searches like price range, medium, genre etc. India Art Festival is now a combination of live as well as online art fair, expanding its visitor base online to the world over.
Rajendra, Founder & Managing Director, India Art Festival, says, “The synergy of live and online art fair module creates unprecedented exposure opportunities for the exhibitors and it is different experience for the visitors as well. One can buy artworks online at their leisure even after the art festival is over, as they will remain online from this edition till next edition.”
India Art Festival is on from 15th to 18th February at Nehru Centre, Worli from 11 am to 7:30 pm.
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