Thursday, 30 January 2014


6th Edition of India Art Fair brings the best Indian and International contemporary art
with 91 exhibiting booths and 1000 artists
An expanded specially curated Art Projects programme will span the outdoor and indoor fair space with 24 large
scale installations and space specific works in a variety of mediums
India Art Fair announces the first edition of a Mentor and Protégé programme. A philanthropic arts initiative to
provide and sustain artistic aspirations to the Indian art world
New Delhi – India Art Fair, India’s premier modern and contemporary art fair, is pleased to announce its 6th edition from 30th
January – 2nd February 2014 (with a VIP Preview by invitation on 30th January) at NSIC Grounds, New Delhi. YES BANK is
Presenting Partner for the 6th Edition of India Art Fair.
Since its founding in 2008, India Art Fair has grown to be an epicenter for art in India, with a global reputation for being one of South
Asia’s leading art fairs. This year the art fair will include 91 exhibiting booths and 1000 artists in the general exhibition area and
solo projects. It will also include a video project, art bookstores, assortment of book launches, children’s workshops, curated walks
and a curated art projects section with 24 large scale installations. The key highlights of the fair also include an engaging
Speakers Forum with 30 world renowned speakers and a city wide Collateral Events programme. The fair also hosts a tightly
curated VIP Programme, in collaboration with public institutions, galleries and private art organizations, for visiting collectors and
India Art Fair has played a key role in exposing galleries from across India to a variety of individual and institutional buyers from
across the country and the wider world. It has been visited by 400,000 people from over 60 cities over its five previous editions.
This edition of the fair will take place in the heart of South Delhi, inside a custom-built tent spanning more than 20,000 sq. metres,
designed by a highly-regarded Indian architectural firm.
In addition to the participation of leading and emerging contemporary galleries, an extensive Art Projects programme spanning the
outdoor and indoor fair space will be a major focus of the fair this year, presenting a range of work from high profile Indian and
international artists. Among the rich selection on offer, projects include the installation Aura by Subodh Gupta, a video-art project
curated by Bhavna Kakar, the sculptural project Agalma by artist Anjana Kothamachu, and artist Riyas Komu’s unique project
involving the creation of a Collectors Room. Other projects include L N Tallur’s sculpture Path Finder, Anindita Dutta’s sculpture
based performance work and Chintan Upadhyay’s iconic shrine Lost Soul.
PRESS CONTACTS: India: Amrita Kapoor |New Delhi | + 91 9818058964 |
International: Camilla Purdon |London| +44 203 4632086 |
This year’s fair has also attracted leading jeweller NIRAV MODI who will be presenting a collection of exquisite custom made designs
inspired by motifs from the Mughal miniature school of art, encrusted with precious gems and priceless diamonds. For the first time
the art fair will have participation from museums Mark Rothko Art Center Latvia, and also The Himalayas Art Museum in
Shanghai as part of a major delegation of Chinese collectors attending the fair with a view to stimulating Indo-Chinese cultural
exchange between collectors and museums.
Another first for 2014, India Art Fair announces the inaugural edition of a new Mentor and Protégé Program. It is a philanthropic
programme that will seek a gifted young artist from India and connect them with an artistic master for a year of creative
collaboration in a one-on-one mentoring relationship. In its first edition the Mentors will be Dayanita Singh, world-renowned
photographer artist and Jitish Kallat, one of the most prominent figures of Contemporary Indian Art. Through this initiative India
Art Fair will keep with its tradition of supporting individual excellence.
Through its engaging Speakers’ Forum (free of charge to the public), visitors will be able to hear some of the best minds from
diverse fields within the visuals arts. Highlights from the roster of speakers include Budi Tek (the Chinese-Indonesian entrepreneur,
art philanthropist, and collector), Philip Dodd (Chairman of Made in China), Chris Dercon (Director Tate Modern London), Homi
Bhabha (Critical Theorist and Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Language, and the Director of
the Humanities Centre at Harvard University), Bharti Kher (Artist) and Jeebesh Bagchi (Member Raqs Media Collective). To
foster growth and encouragement for this intellectual body of the fair, the Speakers’ Forum has received support from Forum
Partner JSW Steel and Academic Partners Goethe Institut, Critical Collective and Pro Helvetia.
“The Indian art market has seen a considerable uplift over the last couple of months, and as we prepare for the 6th edition of India Art
Fair there is a renewed level of confidence in the market, from both the buying and selling perspective. India Art Fair has a hugely
exciting programme ahead, with 91 booths and 1000 artists participating from galleries across the globe. When we consider the scale
and scope of not just the art fair but the way the larger scene has evolved since we started, we certainly have come a long way as an
emerging market and continue to have the most promising years still ahead of us for both modern and contemporary art.”
Neha Kirpal, Founder and Director, India Art Fair.
“YES BANK recognizes the enormous growth potential in the field of Art, and we are continuously striving to facilitate a responsible
attitude to Indian and global Art, by introducing synergistic corporate interest, support and patronage through corporatization of Art.
We at YES BANK are proud to be the Presenting Partner of India Art Fair and endeavour to spearhead initiatives which can foster
creativity and promote the development of Art in the long run.”
Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK Limited
Attachments: Industry endorsements for the 6th Edition of India Art Fair.
# Images of the artwork to be showcased are available on request
Notes to Editors
About India Art Fair: India Art Fair is a trademarked event property owned by Seventh Plane Networks. Its Founding Director
Neha Kirpal launched the fair in 2008, and has been instrumental in steering the fair’s unprecedented growth over 6 years into
becoming the premier destination for art in the region. In 2011, Neha Kirpal divested a stake in India Art Fair to two new strategic
partners; Sandy Angus (Chairman of global exhibitions group Montgomery Worldwide which has launched several art fairs around
the world) and Will Ramsay (Founder of PULSE Art Fairs, and Affordable Art Fairs). Mr. Angus and Mr. Ramsay are also co-founders
of the Hong Kong International Art Fair and bring in their global expertise in exhibitions and events, and the support of a truly global
network to India Art. For the 6th edition, YES BANK will be Presenting Partner. YES BANK’s association with India Art Fair is part of
the Bank’s Retail and Wealth Management initiative. India Art Fair is also supported by ABSOLUT as Associate Partner, and other
partners are Panerai, Le Meridian and Conde Nast India.
PRESS CONTACTS: India: Amrita Kapoor |New Delhi | + 91 9818058964 |
International: Camilla Purdon |London| +44 203 4632086 |

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