hordes of art students also troop in gawking at the
‘masterpieces’ with ooohs and aaahs, while chattering
when they, too, will make it.
In between, you have
people trooping in and out of lectures, performances,
curated walks, book launches and serious discussions on
art trends; shopping for art books and art materials or
sipping tea or coffee at the cafeteria.
Started in 2008, the India Art Fair has become South
Asia’s premier art event.
Showcasing over 300 galleries, both Indian and
foreign, of 3,000 artists in around 90 booths, it draws
visitors from over 25 countries as the prime showcase
for Indian and global artists.
Saturated media coverage of the rich and famous
artists and celebrities focuses on artworks that catch
Major corporations and banks sponsor this event to
Starting modestly in the national exhibition area, it
moved to bigger venue in South Delhi, the NSIC grounds
where in imported air-conditioned tents are erected.
This fair has eclipsed Mumbai as the top centre for
Mumbai has always enjoyed this prime position for
Now as almost all major Mumbai galleries exhibit
here, it is hard to digest this one-upmanship.
Many, but not all, galleries report good sales. Total
figures are hard to come by.