Friday, August 10, 2012

A throbbing hub of Indian art for investors abroad

1x1, an emerging art space in Dubai, has established itself as the throbbing hub of modern and Contemporary Indian art in the region. The gallery made its presence felt at previous edition of Art Expo India.

Over the last few years, the gallery has hosted some of the best talent that India has on offer, including intriguing installation and new media work by Riyas Komu, Justin Ponmany, Biju Joze, Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Hema Upadhyay, Pratul Dash, Rajesh Ram, Farhad Husain, Kazi Nazir, Binoy Varghese, Shibu Natesan and Vivek Vilasini.

It has exhibited their unique works to art lovers.1x1 also organized and presented ‘Af-fair’ in 2008. The thematic project was curated by Bose Krishnamachari. It brought together works of artists Anant Joshi, Justin Ponmany, T. V. Santosh, Aji V. N. and Riyas Komu, among others. Other shows presented by 1x1 include ‘The New Place’, ‘Route-en-Route’, ‘Urban/ Image’, ‘ArtParis’ apart from solo shows by Jogen Choudhary, Jatin Das, M.F Husain and Jaideep Mehrotra.

The art gallery since its launch in 2006 has been very much at the forefront of the Contemporary Indian Art scene. It boasts a rich program of cutting edge art exhibitions that continue to wow art lovers as well as critics. In the process, it has been setting new benchmarks. The brain behind it, Malini Gulrajani, has won applause for her deep knowledge and understanding of modern art milieu. She acts as a consultant to serious collectors looking to build on their collection, establishing the gallery as a major brand in art domain.

Leveraging her marketing skills and research, she has been striving to popularize Indian art. Thanks to her efforts the gallery has earned an enviable reputation. Malini Gulrajani often made quick trips to India to buy art; it soon turned into a broad based activity to her involving genuine art lovers. According to her, it has been a slow change and a gradual momentum, with new trends in Indian art market.

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