The Business of Art Conference October 12, 2010 Exhibition October 13-17, 2010
The Bhavan Centre UK Institute of Indian Art and Culture 4a Castletown Road London W14 9HE United Kingdom T: +44207 381 3086/4608 W: www.bhavan.net
Foreword The M P Birla Millennium Art Gallery completes its tenth anniversary in 2012. With a view to re-launch the gallery with an exhibition programme that best compliments an Institute of Indian Art and Culture, Âś7KH%XVLQHVVRI$UW&RQIHUHQFHÂˇLVDĂ€UVWVWHS What could be a suitable programme for a gallery within a cultural and educational centre? Relying solely on hire, the gallery has provided a much-needed platform for aspiring artists, providing a supportive infrastructure for them to exhibit their works. This was the case when the gallery was thought of eight years ago by the late Mr. K V Radhakrishnan, who gave it shape and vision. Since the opening of the gallery, much has changed, in the nature and perception of art, gallery and exhibition structures as well as opportunities and exposure for artists. It is with this in mind that one had to re-think the role of an exhibition space within a cultural institute, such as the Bhavan Centre â€“ with its huge International network. The Bhavanâ€™s Visual Art Committee would like to see the gallery as a space thriving with activity, an information base for art and events, excellent exhibitions and an interface with the already established dance, music and language departments. As the Gallery Administrator, it is my challenge to seek and create such collaborations, provide a platform for such proposals, and to open up the gallery space for one and all to engage with. This is an invitation to all of you to join us in creating the gallery programme for 2011. We would like to welcome you all to approach us with your ideas and proposals. Collectively, the space the Bhavan provides FDQDOORZWKHJDOOHU\WRĂ€QGLWVRZQLGHQWLW\Â˛EHLW in a healthy growing and responsive programme or a more focused agenda of an institution. Some of our ideas for the next year include an exhibition on Contemporary Architecture in India and an exhibition documenting Rabindranath Tagoreâ€™s travels around the world. We will continue with our artistsâ€™ video art programme which has brought in new energy to the gallery. Darshana Vora Gallery Administrator and Archivist Bhavan Centre UK October 2010
Acknowledgments The Conference and Exhibition is supported by the generous sponsorship of the Bagri Foundation. A huge thanks to all the participating galleries and presenters, who have been willing to share the experience of their galleries with us. Also to Chairpersons Amrita Jhaveri, Nada Raza and Dr. Heather Elgood, who bring their expertise to this Conference. Credit for the excellent exhibition in the M P Birla Millennium Gallery goes to Gallery Sumukha and Visual Art UK. I would like to acknowledge the advice, help and support of all at the Bhavan, as well as Dr. Jameela Siddiqi, Varsha Woodstock ,Dr. Heather Elgood, Vaishali Thakkar, Hari Iyer and members of the Visual $UW&RPPLWWHH$OVRWKHDEOHDQGHIĂ€FLHQWVXSSRUW of Swapnokalpa Dasgupta, Varun Verma and other volunteers who have assisted in the conference and exhibition planning and invigilation. Thanks also to Asia House, and Asian Art in London for their help with publicity.
The Business of Art Conference October 12, 2010 One-Day Conference highlighting the rĂ´le of Art Promoters in bringing Contemporary Indian Art to International recognition. The recognition and position gained by Contemporary Indian Art, internationally, in the last decade has been phenomenal. Be it through representation of art and artists in International Art Expositions, Biennales, web galleries, auctions, and other means; art promoters have SOD\HGDFUXFLDOUROHLQĂ€QGLQJRSSRUWXQLWLHVWRH[SRVH Indian art in diverse ways. This conference provides an opportunity for promoters and gallerists to share their strategies over the years WRUDLVHWKHSURĂ€OHRIFRQWHPSRUDU\,QGLDQ$UWYLD presentations. Lead by chairpersons Amrita Jhaveri and Nada Raza with Dr.Heather Elgood as co-chair, the discussion will unravel the emerging picture of Indian Contemporary Art in the International sphere.
Exhibition October 13-17, 2010 Contemporary Art from India by Gallery Sumukha and Visual art UK
The Bhavan Centre UK Institute of Indian Art and Culture 4a Castletown Road London W14 9HE United Kingdom T: +44207 381 3086/4608 W: www.bhavan.net
Chemould Prescott Road Founded by Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy in Bombay in 1963, Gallery Chemould is one of Indiaâ€™s oldest commercial art spaces, and has nurtured and represented many of the countryâ€™s leading artists since then. While remaining committed to the same artists, collectors, and audiences it has fostered since its inception, the Gallery shifted to a modern, loft-like space equipped for large-scale exhibitions as Chemould Prescott Road in February 2007. In the past year, Chemould has expanded its international presence with participation in fairs like the Gulf Art Fair, Dubai in March 2007-2010, ShContemporary, Shanghai in September 2007-2008, FIAC, Paris in October 2007-2009, Art Basel Miami Beach 2008-2009 and ARCO 2009. History 'XULQJLWV\HDUWHQXUHRQWKHĂ€UVWĂ RRURI%RPED\ÂˇV Jehangir Art Gallery, Gallery Chemould held the KLVWRULFĂ€UVWVRORH[KLELWLRQVRIVHYHUDOJHQHUDWLRQV of Indiaâ€™s most prominent artists, including Tyeb Mehta, Bhupen Khakkar, Nalini Malani, Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya, and Jitish Kallat. Since organizing the WUDYHOLQJVFKRODUO\H[KLELWLRQÂ´$UW1RZLQ,QGLDÂľLQ *DOOHU\&KHPRXOGKDVDFWLYHO\SURPRWHG,QGLDQ art internationally, including major exhibitions in Britain, Switzerland, Germany, and Iran. In addition WRWKHGLDORJXHVFXOWLYDWHGE\LWVSDWKEUHDNLQJ exhibitions, Gallery Chemould has created a platform for modern and contemporary art through its exhibition catalogues and the publications printed by Chemould Publications & Arts Trust, founded in 1984. Under the directorship of Shireen Gandhy since 1988, Gallery Chemould has expanded its roster of artists to represent those working in experimental and DOWHUQDWLYHPHGLXPVDQGLWVH[KLELWLRQSURJUDPVSDQV younger, mid-career, and senior artists. In 1999, before WKHUHZDVDZLGHVSUHDGLQLWLDWLYHIRULQVWDOODWLRQDUW LQ,QGLD&KHPRXOGEHFDPHRQHRIWKHĂ€UVWJDOOHULHV to exhibit the installation work of internationally acclaimed artist Subodh Gupta. Chemouldâ€™s exhibition
program spans young, mid-career, and senior artists. Recognizing the lack of public support for museums and historically contextualized exhibitions of contemporary art in India, Chemould has collaborated with public institutions and galleries in Europe, Australia, and South Africa to present Indian art at PDMRULQWHUQDWLRQDOYHQXHV&KHPRXOGKDVIUHTXHQWO\ OHQWDUWZRUNVIURPLWVSULYDWHFROOHFWLRQVIRU internationally curated shows, including the complete set of Atul Dodiyaâ€™s Antler Anthology (2003-4) to Documenta 12, held in Kassel, Germany from June September 2007. In 2003, Gallery Chemould celebrated its 40th DQQLYHUVDU\ZLWKÂ´&URVVLQJ*HQHUDWLRQVGL9(5*(Âľ curated by eminent critic Geeta Kapur and Professor Chaitanya Sambrani. Hosted by the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, the exhibition highlighted works by four generations of Indian artists represented by Gallery Chemould. Looking Ahead Chemould Prescott Road was inaugurated on February ZLWKÂ´6UL.KDNKDU3UDVDQQDÂľDQH[KLELWLRQ of thoughtful and humorous installation art by Atul Dodiya that memorialized Bhupen Khakhar, a departed friend and mentor. Located in a historic building in Mumbaiâ€™s fort area, Chemould Prescott Road boasts 5,000 sq. feet of exhibition space and state of the art facilities for presenting both traditional and new PHGLD,QLWVĂ€UVWVHDVRQWKHH[KLELWLRQVDW&KHPRXOG 3UHVFRWW5RDGKDYHLQFOXGHGH[SHULPHQWDOFXWWLQJ edge installations by Anant Joshi, Jagannath Panda, Archana Hande, Reena Saini Kallat and L. N. Tallur, exhibitions of media work by Rashid Rana, Jitish Kallat, 7XVKDU-RDJ6XKDVLQL.HMULZDODQG9LYDQ6XQGDUDP
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Gallery Sumukha Gallery Sumukha, Bengaluru and Chennai, India, works strictly with Contemporary Art. Starting from the premises of the Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, the gallery took its Àrst steps. It was one of the Àrst galleries in Bengaluru to show art from Bengal, which has a rich tapestry of talented artists. Having built a Àrm foundation over two and a half years, Sumukha then graduated to its own premises in 1999, a large space, which was further renovated to the gallery’s speciÀc reTuirements in , to what it is today – the largest private gallery in South India. Moving into this space took Sumukha to another level and earned it the respect of the artists and public alike. With each show it hosted, Sumukha grew and matured, aided by the support and faith of the artists’ community. In , Sumukha celebrated a decade of being, and opened its space in Chennai, as a gesture of “giving back” to the art world.
and awareness among the public, and afford artists an opportunity to interact with each other. and the viewers. Sumukha also offers its assistance in collaborating with organisations making a statement through the medium of art to address relevant issues. It is the belief and policy of the gallery that this sort of interaction is interesting and productive, and raises the public’s awareness to Contemporary art. As early as 1998, Sumukha began showing Indian Contemporary in the UK and the USA, showcasing its artists in solo and group shows. 7he Àrst art fair participation was at the Art Singapore Contemporary Art Fair in , followed by the same in . Sumukha was also invited by the Royal College of Art, /ondon to participate in the Art on Paper Fair of .
Since it began in 199, when Contemporary was still little understood in many metros of the country, Sumukha established itself as a promoter of this genre. In this context, during the early years Sumukha conducted artists’ camps in Kathmandu, Nepal; in Jaipur, and in hometown Bengaluru, India, with the intention that the art camps would raise interest
Having experienced the vast exposure that art fairs provided, it was decided that that was one way to go in terms of promotion of Indian Contemporary. SubseTuent participations have been Sh Contemporary Art Fair , Best of 'iscovery Section, Shanghai, China, where Sumukha showcased work by Ravikumar Kashi; this was followed by Art Santa Fe 8, New Mexico, USA., where Sumukha showed artists Vidya Kamat and Ravikumar Kashi; KIAF 8 Korean International Art Fair), Seoul, Korea, and Art Asia Miami, USA; artists shown were Baiju Parthan / Ravikumar Kashi, and Ravinder Reddy / Riyas Komu / Ravikumar Kashi, respectively. 7he year 9 saw Sumukha at KIAF 9, Seoul, Korea with work by Riyas Komu, Baiju Parthan, Vidya Kamat and Ravikumar Kashi, and at India Art Summit 9, New 'elhi, India, showcasing artists M Shantahmani, Ravikumar Kashi and Vidya Kamat.
On home ground, in addition to its regular exhibitions, Sumukha has encouraged new media / installation art by artists from around the country, and most of the younger generation of Bengaluru artists. One such artist is Smitha Cariappa, Bengaluru, who shows her performance art at the gallery.
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Other forms of raising awareness to Indian Contemporary include evening events of slide shows and talks, where people are invited to the gallery to view art on display and engage in inter-active sessions of questions & answers regarding Contemporary Art and the appreciation of it.
Sumukha is also a platform for visiting artists from abroad on residencies to India, who have displayed their work, such as the video work titled She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not, by Anne Lorenz, visiting artist on a Residency Grant from Prohelvetia, Switzerland, and Momentumâ€ŚAutobiography of an Odd Child, performance/installation spatial work by Akuzuru, on a residency programme from Trinidad & Tobago. The gallery organized 7 Days, a print-making workshop, where 16 senior artists from around the country were invited to work for a week at the gallery premises to create etchings, which went into a limited edition of 10 portfolios. The goal of this event was to raise awareness to the medium of graphic prints and to stress the legitimacy of this art form on the general public. In 2008 Sumukha held a terracotta and ceramic sculpture workshop followed by an exhibition of the works created which were cast in bronze.
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GALLERY SUMUKHA BANGALORE 24/10 BTS Depot Road|Wilson Garden|Bangalore 560 027, India| T: +91 (80) 2229 2230 / +91 (80) 4120 7215 GALLERY SUMUKHA CHENNAI 187 St. Maryâ€™s Road |Alwarpet|Chennai 600 018, India T: +91 (44) 4211 2545 | E: email@example.com
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Since its inception in 1987, Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) has promoted contemporary Indian art through exhibitions, retrospectives, publications and educational programmes. Over the last 20 years, the gallery has become the locus through which the works of both modern and contemporary artists have reached the public. VAGâ€™s position as an artistic interlocutor with the public is especially vital in contemporary India because of the lack of vibrant art museum culture.
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FICA The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) was launched in 2006 to support artists and HGXFDWLRQDODFWLYLWLHVLQWKHYLVXDODUWVEHQHĂ€WLQJ both emerging and established artists, art historians, curators, art critics, and other professionals devoted to the study of contemporary Indian art. With the initial support of Vadehra Art Gallery, FICA intends WREHDVHOIVXVWDLQLQJQRWIRUSURĂ€WHQWLW\WKURXJK various fundraising activities and generous private contributions. FICAâ€™s annual programmes include the Public Art Grant, the Research Fellowship for visual artists and writers and the Emerging Artist Award. FICA is also focused on childrenâ€™sâ€™ programming as well as the setting up of an archive of Contemporary Indian Art. FICA also has an exhibition grant, through which it aims to support Indian art exhibitions in museums abroad, and hopes to bring these groundbreaking exhibitions to India. FICA has supported Londonâ€™s Serpentine Galleryâ€™s travelling exhibition Indian Highway, an exhibition of contemporary Indian art curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton Jones. It has also supported the recent exhibition Where Three Dreams Cross - 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, which was curated by Sunil Gupta.
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The Guild Art Gallery History The Guild Art Gallery, founded in Mumbai in late 1997 by Shalini H. Sawhney, has established a major international reputation for its commitment to VKRZLQJVLJQLĂ€FDQWDUWLVWVZKRVHZRUNLVLQQRYDWLYH DPELWLRXVFKDOOHQJLQJDQGLQWHOOHFWXDOO\GULYHQ Since its inception, the Galleryâ€™s mission has been to represent, support and nurture the work of emerging, cutting edge artists in their quest to create and GLVFRYHUQHZLQLWLDWLYHV The gallery represents a strong roster of artists: %DLMX3DUWKDQ796DQWKRVK5L\DV.RPX1DYMRW $OWDI+HHUDO7ULYHGL9LG\D.DPDW,UDQQD*53RRMD Iranna, Arunanshu Chowdhury, N.N. Rimzon, Rakhi Peswani, K.P. Reji, Prajakta Potnis, , Sathyanand Mohan, Lokesh Khodke, Ashutosh Bharadwaj, Om Soorya. Other prominent artists whom the Gallery has shown include Prof. Gulammohammed Sheikh, K. Laxma Goud, Prof. K.G. Subramanyan, Krishen .KDQQD$NEDU3DGDPVHHDQG*LHYH3DWHO 6LQFH7KH*XLOG$UW*DOOHU\KDVPRXQWHGRYHU IRUW\Ă€YHVRORH[KLELWLRQVDQGQHDUO\WKLUW\JURXS exhibitions in its spaces. In 2006, The Guild opened an additional space in New Yorkâ€™s Chelsea art district, allowing for an expanded exhibition schedule. The Guild, NY has presented nine solo shows and eight group shows to date. As an up and coming gallery, The *XLOG1<HQFRXUDJHVFRQWHPSRUDU\Ă€QHDUWPDGHE\ SURPLVLQJDQGFUHDWLYH LQGLYLGXDOV Maintaining the foundation of the gallery by representing contemporary Indian artists, including the Diaspora, The Guild, NY is taking steps to widen the circle of representation and add to their YLVXDOURVWHUDUWLVWVIURPGLIIHUHQWFRXQWULHVDQG backgrounds. The Guild Art Gallery, in both India and New York, seek to continue presenting artists of KLJKFDOLEHUDQGLQWHOOHFWXDOVWDQGLQJWKURXJKYDULRXV
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Young Indian artists working in India have also been showcased this year. They include Om Soorya, whose new works were exhibited this past summer. The current exhibit Alternate To Another, includes works by Sathyanand Mohan, Ved Gupta and Ashutosh Bharadwaj. The show is a look at social, political and economic realities within the sub-continent.
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moderated by Prof. Uzma Rizvi. Structures Within An Intervention, curated by Meenakshi Thirukode, explored the systems and hierarchies within the art world, through interventions by different artist and curatorial collectives and included works by artists Afruz Amighi, Aninditta Dutta, Divya Mehra, Fawad Khan, Mariam Ghani, Michael Buhler Rose, Nidhi Jalan, Rajkamal Kahlon, Redo Pakistan (Fatima Hussain and Hamja Ahsan), Swati Khurana and Vandana Jain.
Saffronart A global company with deep Indian roots, Saffronart was founded in 2000 on the strength of a private passion. Remaining committed to this passion and personal values, today Saffronart is a strong and successful international business that both embraces and drives change. With ten years of experience in auctioning Indian art online, Saffronart is committed to serving the growing community of Indian collectors, while also creating a cultural bridge to India for both the global Indian diaspora and the international community at large. Providing a platform that enables access to view, purchase and become involved in the development of Indian art and jewelry globally, Saffronart has set global benchmarks for online auctions and was recently the subject of a case study at Harvard Business School. In October 2008, Saffronart extended its unique online auction platform to host its inaugural sale of Fine Jewels and Watches, adding a new dimension to its online and market presence. In April 2010, Saffronart leveraged its online presence and global reach to introduce a new product – Prime Properties in India. Through lavish print and online catalogues of luxury city apartments and holiday homes for private sale, Saffronart’s Prime Properties service broadens the reach of the traditional real estate Àrm and offers clients a selection of the most exclusive properties available in India.
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With online auctions, a host of technology enabled services for clients, and a global presence in Mumbai, New York and London, Saffronart has broadened and simpliÀed access to Indian art and jewelry, and is working to achieve the same for real estate. In collaboration with eminent institutions, organizations and publications, the company endeavors to provide accurate and timely information on Indian artists, designers, events and trends. The Saffronart Website The website www.saffronart.com, as the online
simultaneously in exciting sales. The most recent Saffronart online art auction was held in September and featured works by modern and contemporary Indian artists. The sale closed at a total value of 8SD . million. Saffronartâ€™s Autumn 2nline Auction of Fine Jewels and Watches will be held on 2ctober -, with previews in Hong .ong, New York and Mumbai.
location for all Saffronart auctions, is central to the services Saffronart provides. In addition the website also lists art, jewelry and properties for online or private sale. It offers convenient access to an extensive range of art for sale, along with detailed information on artists and art-related events and exhibitions. The online catalogue has several thousand works of Ă€ne art by approximately , established and emerging artists, available for sale and delivery virtually anywhere in the world, accompanied by a Saffronart authenticity certiĂ€cate. In , Saffronart launched an online Ă€xed price jewelry catalogue along with thematic monthly collections of jewels for sale, and a jewelry guide and glossary on the website. In April Saffronart introduced its 3rime 3roperties online catalogue on the website as well.
Exhibitions: 2ver the last nine years Saffronart has organized several curated exhibitions, both physical and online. In September , Saffronart and the Guild Art Gallery presented â€˜A New Vanguard: Trends in Contemporary Indian Artâ€™ in New York, and in January Saffronart hosted a retrospective of the work of .rishen .hanna at the historic Lalit .ala Akademi in New Delhi. 3rior to these exhibitions, Saffronart presented the show â€˜Bapuâ€™, curated by Gayatri Sinha, in Mumbai in January . In September , Saffronart and Grosvenor Gallery hosted a major F.N. Souza retrospective in New York, and, in , Saffronart held an exhibition of modern and contemporary Indian sculpture, an S.H. Raza retrospective, and solo shows of the work of G.R. Iranna, Himmat Shah and .rishen .hanna. Saffronart has previously held large scale exhibitions of modern and contemporary Indian art in Hong .ong, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, New Delhi and Singapore. Saffronart Services Responding to the needs of todayâ€™s collectors, Saffronart offers a range of services including art advisory, private sales, appraisals and valuations, and specialized art storage. Through these personalized services, our dedicated team of professionals provides collectors with a comprehensive set of options to evolve and care for their collections over time. Most recently, Saffronart launched its mobile auction application, the Ă€rst of its kind globally, which allows collectors to monitor and bid at Saffronart auctions from web-enabled mobile devices including the Blackberry and i3hone.
Saffronart in Mumbai, New York and London Saffronartâ€™s gallery spaces in Mumbai and New York, and its ofĂ€ces in London provide access to a substantial range of art, information and advice. The gallery space in Mumbai opened with a deĂ€nitive collection of works by Francis Newton Souza in and through the years has followed this with several partner gallery exhibitions and auction previews. Most recently, Saffronart Mumbai hosted a preview for its Fall art auction. Saffronartâ€™s space in New York, at the prestigious Fuller Building, is a large viewing area, lounge and ofĂ€ce, which opened with a preview of its Summer 2nline Auction, followed by a major retrospective of S.H. Razaâ€™s work. Saffronartâ€™s newest ofĂ€ce opened on New Bond Street, London, in . Saffronart New York
Saffronart Events Auctions: Saffronart has held several highly successful online auctions, accompanied by physical catalogues and preview events in Mumbai and New York. These auctions allow bidders around the world to participate
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Intimate Outsider Residency & Open Studio, featuring Mayura Subhedar
THE LOFT at Lower Parel THE LOFT began in 2008 as an artists’ studio and art source. A project of ArtWorks, the art management consultancy initiated by Anupa Mehta in 1988, THE LOFT brings together her varied experience and interests under one roof and it is an ever morphing project space. THE LOFT offers Indian and international artists the space for Residencies, studio sessions, workshops and exhibitions. THE LOFT (through its sister concern ARTWORKS) is also a source point for exciting idioms and quality art. Art works created at residencies/open studios are sold directly to a discerning clientele - the sale of art works also helps to fund the residency program. THE LOFT also represents artists keeping with its own curatorial mandate in India and internationally, like Mayura Subhedar, Guler Ates, Ravi Joshi. Over 2009-2010, THE LOFT conducted international residencies and studio sessions for Indian artists, besides inviting curators to present an exhibition/ project based on ongoing concerns. Eternally I Am Your Yes International Residency, supported by The Fuschia Tree, featuring Zenita Komad January 11 - 31, 2010 Mumbai Tropism Supported by Blue Frog, featuring Mahbubur Rahman December 15 - 31, 2009 Evoking Nazir Residency & Open Studio, featuring Inder Salim September 26 - Oct 5, 2009 THE LOFT allows artists/curators the space to work in an oasis in the heart of Mumbai city. Working space, travel and accommodation arrangements and an
RSSRUWXQLW\WRH[KLELWLQ0XPEDLDUHDIHZEHQHÀWV offered under our program. Recycled Identities – II Solo exhibition by Khalil Chistee, Curated by Deeksha Nath October 9 – 30, 2010 Automaton Love Curatorial Project in association with Grey Noise, Lahore, Curated by Umer Butt and Mehreen Murtaza, featuring Ayesha Jatoi, David Chalmers Alesworth, Mehreen Murtaza February 10 - March 3, 2010 + Cultural Difference Curated by Valeria Ibraeva, featuring Natalya Dyu November 6 - 18, 2009 Caturday is Cleaning Day Curated by Gitanjali Dang, featuring Baptist Coelho, Kiran Subbaiah, Shahid Datawala, Shreyas Karle March 25 – April 10, 2009 THE LOFT also represents artists in keeping with its own curatorial mandate, in India and internationally and has given them solo exhibitions. Landshapes. Solo exhibition by Ravi Joshi July 21 - 26, 2010 Intimate Outsider Residency & Open Studio, featuring Mayura Subhedar February 1-15, 2009
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Space Invader- Icon Gallery London
Aicon Gallery Vision Aicon Galleryâ€™s curatorial vision begins in India but reaches outwards internationally from there. The two gallery spaces are located in New York and London, and each provides a vital platform for artists based in the Indian Subcontinent to exhibit in the United States and Europe. Alongside in-depth, focused solo shows the galleries present a program of curated group exhibitions that are international in their scope and ambition. Following recent debates in institutional curating, the program deliberately thinks together art produced very recently and art made through the latter half of the 20th century. Through this we aim to produce unexpected congruencies, shed light on other modernities, make complex the designation â€˜contemporaryâ€™ and signal a shift away from simple survey exhibitions. In short, Aicon Gallery presents recent and contemporary art from India and beyond. History Aicon Gallery was developed from Gallery ArtsIndia, ZKLFKZDVRQHRIWKHĂ€UVWPDMRURXWOHWVLQWKH8QLWHG State for art from India. Initially Gallery ArtsIndia connected collectors, critics and curators to artists in India via an on-line platform, and after the initial Adeela Suleman- Icon Gallery New York
positive feedback, opened as a gallery space in New York in 2002. Aicon Gallery was launched when our VHFRQGPDMRUVSDFHRSHQHGLQ/RQGRQLQ7KH New York space shifted location to its new premises in the Lower East Side in 2008. The gallery has SUHVHQWHGVLJQLĂ€FDQWVRORH[KLELWLRQVRIDQXPEHURI DUWLVWVPDQ\RIZKLFKKDYHEHHQWKHLUĂ€UVWPDMRU exhibitions outside the subcontinent. Solo shows have LQFOXGHG*5,UDQQD%RVH.ULVKQDPDFKDUL$QDQGDMLW Ray, Talha Rathore, Muhammed Zeeshan, Adeela Suleman and Atul Bhalla. It has also re-examined the oeuvres of artists working from the 1950s onwards, including F.N. Souza, M.F. Husain, K. Laxma Goud, S.H. Raza and Shyamal Dutta Ray. More recently the gallery has started participating in international art fairs such as Arco, Art Dubai, India Art Summit and Art Hong Kong and will be developing further participations going forward. Aicon Editions, launched LQLVWKHĂ€UVWYHQWXUHWRHQDEOHDUWLVWVIURPWKH 6XEFRQWLQHQWWRZRUNZLWKOLPLWHGHGLWLRQSURMHFWV AICON GALLERY, LONDON 8 Heddon Street |London W1B 4BU 7_(ORQGRQ#DLFRQJDOOHU\FRP AICON GALLERY, NEW YORK *UHDW-RQHV6WUHHW_1HZ<RUN1< 7_(QHZ\RUN#DLFRQJDOOHU\com
PARTICIPANTS SHIREEN GANDHY, CHEMOULD PRESCOTT ROAD, INDIA
Shireen Gandhy was brought up in a family of art dealers. Her parents started Gallery Chemould in 1963 and ran the gallery until she took over in 1988. Gandhy received a degree in Arts Administration from City University in London, during which she interned at the :KLWHFKDSHO$UW*DOOHU\6KHFXUDWHG$WXO'RGL\D·VÀUVWVRORVKRZLQ 1989. Under Gandhy’s directorship, the Gallery Chemould has continued to be at the forefront of contemporary Indian art, identifying and supporting emerging and well-established artists from around the country. In 2003, Gallery Chemould celebrated its 40th anniversary with an exhibition spanning the gallery’s four decades at the National Gallery of Modern Art.
PREMILLA BAID, GALLERY SUMUKHA, INDIA
Hailing from Chennai, India, Premilla has always had an adventurous streak and was off to study opthalmololgy in Ireland. The young couple lived in Ireland for several years, where she worked after her graduation, before returning to India in the early eighties, settling into their new home in Bangalore. With a degree in ophthalmology and a fond eye for art, she set DERXWHVWDEOLVKLQJKHUVHOIDVDIRUFHWRUHFNRQZLWKLQERWKÀHOGV However, it took her many years to accomplish her dream of opening an art gallery, as her medical profession kept her very busy, until 1996, when she took the opportunity to start with a modest collection of paintings for a charity show, from the many artists she had patronized herself, over the years. The response was so positive both from the artists and the public that it encouraged her to press forward into establishing a platform for promoting Indian Contemporary Art in a more permanent fashion – through her art gallery, Sumukha. This was in August of 1996. The rest, as the cliché goes, “is history”……. Art inspires Premilla. She has always been intrigued with the “concept behind the painting”; what sets an artist off on a particular train of thought and how that thought can be interpreted differently by different people, all looking at the same work. It is fascinating and she is inspired by the talent of artists. She would like to be a part of the big picture, to do something as her contribution. That’s why she is in the gallery line – to promote Indian Contemporary art. It is a labour of love, and she has seen Sumukha grow from a modest beginning to what it is today – one of the most recognized and respected galleries in the country, with a sister chapter in Chennai, which she opened in 2006.
ROSHINI VADEHRA, VADEHRA ART GALLERY, INDIA
two decades. She is an independent arts consultant and a freelance arts-writer and editor. Founder editor of Art India, she was also the contributing editor, Asian Art News and World Sculpture News, Hong .RQJ+HUÀUVWQRYHO7KH:DLWLQJ5RRPZDVSXEOLVKHGE\3HQJXLQ India, in June 2007. Anupa is based in Mumbai where she manages a studio and art source, THE LOFT. She also manages an arts residency space Arts Reverie (www.artsreverie.com) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and the HAT project in India (www.hat.mmu.ac.uk). Anupa works as writer/columnist, freelance editor, and consults to a host of projects across India. About the Presenter Guler Ates, who was brought up in Turkey, graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in printmaking in 2008. Her striking works are intrinsically interlaced with her heritage and her experience as a Muslim woman in the 21st century.
NIRU RATNAM, AICON GALLERY, UK
Niru Ratnam is the Director of Aicon Gallery, London. Prior to that he was Director of STORE gallery based in East London. He was also worked as an art historian based at the Open University, specialising in non-Western modern and contemporary art. He has also worked with Arts Council England setting up a postive action programme for curators of colour. Ratnam has written and published widely in books and also magazines that include Third Text, Frieze, India Today, The Observer, The Independent, Art Monthly and Art Review. He is a contributing editor of Art Review.
AMRITA JHAVERI, CHAIRPERSON
Since 2000, Amrita Jhaveri has been advising art collectors on aspects of Modern and Contemporary Indian art. Jhaveri established Christie’s presence in India in the early 1990s before moving to London as a technical specialist in contemporary Indian art. In 2005 VKHHVWDEOLVKHG,QGLD·VÀUVWSURIHVVLRQDODUWFRQVXOWDQF\6KHLVWKH author of 101: A Guide to 101 Modern and Contemporary Indian Artists (India Book House, 2005). As an expert and a market commentator, Jhaveri is often called upon to share her knowledge and experience of Indian art in public forums. She has covered a range of topics from aspects of modern and contemporary Indian art to the history of collecting in India. A respected collector, Jhaveri has loaned works from her private collection to institutions such as the National Gallery of Modern Art (Mumbai), Tate Britain and Tate Modern (London), IVAM (Valencia), Reina Sophia (Madrid) and Kunstmuseum (Bern) amongst others.
Roshini Vadehra is the director of Vadehra Art Gallery which was established in New Delhi in 1987. Vadehra Art Gallery has been promoting modern and contemporary Indian art through exhibitions, retrospectives and publications for over 20 years. Since Roshini joined the gallery in 2004, the gallery has held important exhibitions by artists such as Arpita Singh, Rameshwar Broota, Atul Dodiya and Shilpa Gupta.
NADA RAZA, CHAIRPERSON
CONOR MACKLIN, GROSVENOR GALLERY, UK
DR. HEATHER ELGOOD, CO-CHAIR
Conor Macklin is the director of Grosvenor Gallery. He has specialized in modern Indian art for the last 10 years. He formed a partnership with Vadehra Art Gallery in 2005 to promote Indian contemporary art in London while also showing international art in India.
RENUKA SAWHNEY, THE GUILD ART GALLERY, USA
Renuka Sawhney is the Director at the The Guild Art Gallery, New York. With galleries in New York and Mumbai, The Guild is one of the leading galleries showing the works of emerging and established Indian Contemporary Artists.
ABHA HOUSEGO, SAFFRONART
Abha Housego is the UK and Europe Representative for Saffronart. She joined Saffronart in 2007 and oversaw the opening of their space on New Bond Street in London in May 2008. Her responsibilities include sourcing art, building client relationships and expanding Saffronart’s reach within the UK and Europe. Abha has a B.A. (Hons.) in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi and a Masters in History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Prior to joining Saffronart, she worked at the Prints, Drawings and Photographs section at the British Library and at Indar Pasricha Fine Arts, London.
ANUPA MEHTA, THE LOFT AT LOWER PAREL, INDIA
Anupa Mehta has been associated with art promotion for almost
Nada Raza is an independant curator based in London. She has a great deal of experience with London based galleries whose roster contains international artists, including Green Cardamom and Paradise Row. She was also a co-founder of the global art consultancy Quintessentially Art. Nada has an MA from the Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Dr Heather Elgood is the Course Director and Tutor of Indian Art. She was formerly Deputy Director of SOAS/Sotheby’s Asian Arts Programme and Academic Director of the SOAS and Christie’s Arts of Asia and Africa Programme. Dr Elgood specializes in Persian, Jain, Sultanate and Mughal Manuscript Painting as well as the Ritual Arts of India. She is the author of Hinduism and the Religious Arts, London 1999.
VAISHALI THAKKAR, DIRECTOR, VISUAL ART UK (EXHIBITION IN THE GALLERY )
Vaishali Thakkar is the director of Visual Art UK. The main aim of Visual art is to draw attention of the world to the stunning and exceptional talent of the artists of ancient and modern India and to popularize Indian art. Besides creating an interest in traditional and contemporary Indian art, Visual art seeks to help individuals from everywhere to develop their talent and potentials by providing a forum for expression and appreciation.Visual art is a very open minded gallery, which is always ready to help artists whose work displays a measure of maturity. w: http://www.visualartuk.com/