Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Galleries from India at Art Basel Miami

Art Basel Miami Beach is considered the most important art event not only in the US, but also internationally.

An introductory note to it mentions:
“It’s a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. As the sister event of Switzerland's Art Basel, the most prestigious art show worldwide for the past 40 years, Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture, design. Every year, a greater number of art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world participate in Art Basel Miami Beach, making it the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world.

"Top-quality exhibitions in the museums of South Florida and special programs for art collectors and curators also help make the event a special time for encountering art. The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibit sections feature performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-calibre artworks.”
This year, nearly 300 galleries took part in the fair. There were three galleries from India as well. Their aim was to access more clients and draw more exposure for the artists. Here’s a look at what they offered at this major international art show.

Nature Morte along with Bose Pacia showcased the works of artists Aditya Pande, Radhika Khimji and Suhasini Kejriwal. According to Peter Nagy, the section of the fair they were in (Art Nova) dictated that they had to show only three with something in common. Accordingly, all three participants approached painting from the perspective of new techniques and strategies like collage, installation and digital media. Chemould Prescott Road showed the works of Rashid Rana, whereas Bangalore based Gallery Ske showcased the works of artists Avinash Veeraraghavan and Sudarshan Shetty.

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