Thursday, September 10, 2009

Art Expo India will bring ‘Winds of Change’, reports khaleej Times

Art Expo India (AEI) will throw open its doors for the second edition on September 25 in Mumbai. It will invite the world’s galleries, art collectors and press to cross the threshold and take a fresh look at what young Indian artists are doing at home. The expo will comprise all forms of media from sculpture to photography and everything in between, reports The khaleej Times.

In an elaborate essay, entitled ‘Winds of Change’, Georgina Wilson-Powell notes the prestigious publication: “One of the aims of AEI (or any international art fair) is to act as an amplifier for that heartbeat, turning it into a pounding the global art body cannot ignore. The crux of the ethos for AEI is to give the wave of new Indian talent room to flex their muscles and show off their skills to an international market, which although is more considered in its purchasing than ever before, is also home to a huge amount of collectors who, in times of economic uncertainty, buy art from emerging artists."

The essay explains, "This encouragement of investing in art from both domestic and international buyers is reflected in AEI’s program that features talks from Sharan Apparao and Menaka Kumari Shah on buying art in a recession, as well as a keynote address from Kay Saatchi on how to spot new talent and build an international art collection. Saatchi co-curated with her ex-husband 34 exhibitions for the Saatchi Collection between 1987 and 2001 and is now the founding director of the Artists and Collectors Exchange, which promotes young artists.”

Georgina Wilson-Powell concludes, giving a call: “Head to Mumbai from September 25 to 27 to see Art Expo India and help ring in those changes!”

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