Hushed halls and brightly lit walls. Beautiful pieces of art from paintings and photographs to sculptures and videos all vying for attention! Young, upcoming artists with contemporary and revolutionary ideas and creativity - the United Art Fair is all this and more. To be organised at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from September 14 to 17, this one of its kind event will showcase the best of Indian art and creativity.
The United Art Fair (UAF) is the brainchild of Anurag Sharma, MD of United Arts Logistic Private Ltd, who together with noted curator Johnny ML scoured the Indian artistic landscape to discover upcoming talent to showcase it at the UAF. An exhibition cum sale, it brings artists from 15 noted art hubs of the country including cities like Mumbai, Baroda, Chandigarh, Goa, Guwahati and Kochi. Divided into six sections, the exhibition features paintings, sculptures, photographs, digital art work and videos, all based on contemporary themes. Visitors to the exhibition can pick up art works which can cost anywhere between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 1.5 crores! The first UAF held in 2012 also had a Masters’ Gallery with art works by celebrated late Indian artists MF Husain and Tyeb Mehta. Unlike individual art exhibitions that showcase the work of only one artist at a time, this art fair has the advantage of bringing nearly 600 artists under one roof. For a growing art market like India, this is indeed an event worth looking out for!
What to Expect
To begin with – beautiful pieces of art to look at, admire and take home if you so wish, albeit at a price. But that’s not all. Organised in a sprawling area of over 1,00,000 square feet, the UAF boasts of nearly 700 artists for its 2013 edition and more than 2500 pieces of art. There will also be book launches, seminars (with speakers such as Shahidul Alam, Nayantara Garung, Menala Kumari Shah and Frank Barthelemy), a masters’ gallery, a sculpture park, a travelling exhibition as well as an awards ceremony at the end of the four day event. Attended by artists, curators, exhibitors, art collectors, art lovers and the general public, it will be a great place to rub shoulders with the country’s art fraternity.
New Delhi, Culturally Yours
While UAF 2013 is certainly an event to look forward to, for those who would like to be more regular on the cultural scene, this is by no means the only event of its kind. Several similar events, big and small, are regularly organised in the national capital, a hub of Indian art and culture. Those interested may want to take a tour of New Delhi’s many famous museums and art galleries such as the National Gallery of Modern Art, which preserves and showcases modern artwork from the 1850s onwards. You can also take time out to visit Shankar’s International Doll Museum, which was set up by well known political cartoonist Shankar Pillai and boasts an international collection of dolls. Other places of interest include the National Museum of Natural History, Crafts Museum with its artificial village showing rural artisans at work and Stellar Children’s Museum, which is a unique educational cum recreational center especially designed for children in the age group of two to eight in Gurgaon.
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