Published On: Tue, Feb 3rd, 2015

VIP Preview at India Art Fair 2015

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vipReport by Santanu Ganguly, New Delhi: The 7th edition of India Art Fair opened to the public on Friday 30th January to new acclaim. A successful preview day brought over 7000 cultural patrons who bought from a range of national and international galleries. With a few sell-out booths, strong sales were reported across the board.

“We have made excellent sales not just to our existing clientele, but particularly to an expanding base of new collectors, with the main works snapped up in the first two hours. What has been interesting is a significant number of new collectors in the mid-range. The collectors love the IAF programme, and for us the fair provides the one opportunity in the year to interact, connect and re-connect with them all.” Prateek Raja, Co-Director, Experimenter Gallery

Jorge Brinkerhoff, Director of Florida-based gallery Brinkerhoff Fine Art said “We’ve been thinking about participating at India Art Fair for the last five years and have taken the plunge, not quite knowing what to expect. We’ve been delighted with the level of sales and interest and made an impressive number of new friends and collectors who are open not only to collecting indian art but also to look beyond to Western artists. This is encouraging for us and we will certainly come back next year for sure.”

The overwhelming feedback was that, in addition to a world-class curated artistic program and Speakers’ Forum, the calibre of the works and the curation of the gallery booths have never been higher, and that the quality and professionalism of india Art Fair has it a new international standard. A revised fair layout has seen the relocation of Delhi Art Gallery for a major curated exhibition of India Art in the permanent structure, in order to facilitate the new IAF Courtyard. This has created space for new restaurant and design partners. In addition the introduction of a new rooftop restaurant all adds to a markedly improved fair-going experience.

Oiane Salazar, Director of Patrons, Guggenheim Bilbao who led a delegation of over 20 Guggenheim patrons said: “The Guggenheim group are especially pleased to come to India. We have been much impressed by the wide range of artists, and particularly the number of female artists on exhibition. The layout of the fair is as good as any international fair we’ve seen, and the VIP programme has been particularly good, with superb wine and snack service and restaurant options. The group have been happy to have this opportunity to discover indian art.

Diwan Manna, Director India Triennale commented “India Art Fair has led the way, exemplifying how art can be showcased and projected in India, in a country where there is little awareness of art. The fair is a place where people want to be seen. We’re all so proud of Neha Kirpal and genuinely appreciate the whole effort. The idea, the conception and execution of the fair is world class.”
I’ve attached below a series of images from Day 1. VIP guests included Indian art legends SH Raza and Satish Gujral, designer JJ Vallaya, model Sheetal Mallar, former Miss-India Manpreet Brar, the Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, theatre personality Shivani Pasrich, Malvinder Singh, make-up artist Shanaz Husein and Sweta Nanda (Bachchan). Still to visit the fair are Bollywood star Arjun and Meher Rampal, and Jacqueline Fernandez.

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