The second annual India Art Summit takes place in New Delhi between the 19th and 22nd of August. If you are not planning to visit India but are interested in Indian contemporary art, you can still join in the fun through the India Art Summit 2009 website.
The 2009 summit builds on the landmark success of last year’s event, which attracted over 10,000 art enthusiasts from India and around the globe. If art sales are a measure, it was a huge success–about 50% of the artworks on display were sold during last year’s event.
Art community participation has swelled this year to include 54 leading galleries. International participants include galleries from Europe, Asia, the United States and the Middle East.
The India Art Summit is an effort to serve growing art market demand for an inclusive, international platform for Indian art. The event will be the first major exposition of international art in India, besides being the single largest showcase of Indian art.
The 2009 summit brings a focus on education, and raising awareness about art. An International Speakers’ Forum August 20-22 is a key component of the education and awareness agenda, and includes over 45 influential Indian and international speakers. The goal is to bring together artists, curators, scholars, museum directors, and art professionals to discuss issues that affect modern and contemporary art in India, and in a global context.
A large open air Sculpture Park, open to all visitors, adds another dimension to the India Art Summit. The park includes carefully chosen large scale sculptures that the organizers hope will open up a dialogue with the audience. The works represent a diversity of individual styles. Each explores the interaction of art with its environment.
The Purple Wall Project consists of special installations of the best of modern and contemporary art displayed in locations across the fair. Curated by Gayatri Sinha, this unique project aims to highlight the experimental use of materials, mediums, techniques and genres by Indian artists today.
India Art Summit 2009 is supported by Sotheby’s and brings together a string of collaborations with organizations in support of the fine arts including Asia Art Archive, Asia Society, Lalit Kala Academy, The Devi Foundation, and The British Council.
When you visit the India Art Summit 2009 website, don’t forget to visit the India Art Summit 2008 photo gallery. You might also want to check out the India Art Connect Newsletter which is full of informative and useful content. And if you are visiting India for the Summit, you will find the Delhi Art & Culture Map useful.