The upcoming edition of India Art Fair will feature a diverse selection of contemporary art galleries from across the country including Chemould Prescott Road, Chatterjee & Lal, Jhaveri Contemporary, Galerie ISA, Project 88, and TARQ (all Mumbai) as well as Art Heritage, Blueprint 12, Exhibit 320, Gallery Espace, Nature Morte, PHOTOINK, Shrine Empire, and Vadehra Art Gallery (all Delhi).
Strengthening its commitment to the development and growth of the art scene in India, the fair will welcome back Experimenter, Emami Art (all Kolkata); Art Houz, Gallery Veda (all Chennai); Kalakriti Art Gallery (Hyderabad); GALLERYSKE (Bengaluru, Delhi); The Guild (Alibaug); ZOCA (Ahmedabad, Mannheim), and new participant Gallery White (Vadodara).
The 2020 showcase will be presented in dialogue with exceptional historical pieces from the region’s leading modernists and India’s most established galleries: DAG, Dhoomimal Gallery, Crayon Art Gallery (all Delhi), alongside limited-edition modernist prints from Archer Art Gallery (Ahmedabad). A contemporary celebration of Pichvai paintings, a traditional art form with traces dating back to more than four hundred years ago in India, will be presented at Pichvai Tradition & Beyond (Delhi).
New international galleries participating in India Art Fair for the first time include: Saskia Fernando Gallery (Colombo, Sri Lanka), PSM(Berlin, Germany), Marc Straus (New York, USA) and Gallery Tableau (Seoul, South Korea). Returning international galleries include David Zwirner (London, UK/New York, USA/Hong Kong), neugerriemschneider (Berlin, Germany), Aicon Art (New York, USA), Aicon Contemporary (New York, USA), Grosvenor Gallery (London, UK), and 1X1 Art Gallery (Dubai, UAE).
This year the fair expands on its programme with new artist led workshops and display by Artists in Residence featuring specialist run sessions ranging from drawing and illustration to paper and zine making by artists Gagan Singh and Ghiora Aharoni, Marcel Dzama, Manisha Parekh and Renuka Rajiv.
Following the success of the Performance Art Programme in bringing new audiences, the 2020 fair will present a strong line-up of leading artists including: Maya Krishna Rao, national-award winning theatre performer and social activist; Lagos based multimedia artist Jelili Atiku whose works address political concerns for human rights and justice; and multi-disciplinary artist Piyali Ghosh following from her recent exhibition at the Venice Biennale.
Offering a public platform for dialogues and discussions, Auditorium Talks, will feature artist presentations, memorial lectures and conversations across the artworld. Celebrating critical experimentation and the work of artists, curators, critics, collectors and institutions across the globe, highlights from the artist talks include modernist Nilima Sheikh, Turner prize nominated Bangladeshi-British artist Naeem Mohaiemen, Polish-German sculptural installation artist Alicja Kwade and Magnum photographer Martin Parr.
This year’s memorial lectures will be dedicated to the life and works of modernist Ram Kumar and artist Tushar Joag conducted by expertsKishore Singh and Shireen Gandhy respectively. Other topics will engage discussions on ‘Plans for Future Museums’ with Sophie Makariou and Kamani Sawhney from The Guimet and Museum of Art & Photography, ‘South Asian Textile Art’ with led by Uthra Rajgopal from the Whitworth, a presentation on the upcoming Asia Triennale New York by Boon Hui Tan of Asia Society, amongst others. In 2020, India Art Fair will also partner with Godrej India Culture Lab to deliver a Film Programme on the theme Queering Culture.