India Art Fair: A Global Art Movement

Written by on 14/12/2021

India Art Fair, owned by Angus Montgomery Arts, a division of Angus Montgomery Ltd., is expanding its cultural programming to promote the strength and diversity of its Indian and South Asian art and artists.

India Art Fair has recently announced the full list of participating galleries and program highlights for its forthcoming 13th edition. Taking place from 3 – 6 February 2022 in partnership with BMW India, the fair will present 75 exhibitors across 14 cities.

Spotlighting the next generation of artists alongside modern masters, activities include auditorium talks, performances, film screenings, outdoor art projects, artist-led workshops, and an online symposium in the run-up to the fair.

Under the new leadership of Jaya Asokan, the 13th India Art Fair will take place at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds, New Delhi, from 3 February to 6 February 2022. Helmed by Jaya Asokan for the first time since her appointment in April 2021, this edition of the fair is a testament to the resilience of the Indian and South Asian art market and the art community at large.

Jaya Asokan, Fair Director of India Art Fair, commented: “The team and I are thrilled for India Art Fair to return in its physical format, and to celebrate with the artists, galleries and partners who have taken the region’s arts scene from strength to strength…the 2022 fair will welcome participants that extend beyond the traditional art hubs of New Delhi and Mumbai, such as Kolkata, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad.

The past year has presented immense opportunities for learning and experimentation prompting discussions on the future development of South Asian art. Along with a fast-growing digital presence and year-round programming, the return to a physical fair will be a show of our determination and a reminder that India Art Fair is the first place to see and discover artists from the region.”

– Jaya Asokan, Fair Director of India Art Fair.


Marking 5 years of partnership, India Art Fair and BMW India continue to foster a spirit of collaboration and provide a breeding ground for creativity, including through a special new commission entitled THE FUTURE IS BORN OF ART which will be awarded to an Indian artist to design a wrap for one of BMW’s all-connected and electric cars. Shortlisted artists for this first-of-its-kind commission which promises to boost emerging Indian names to a global stage include Faiza Hasan, Farah Mulla, Latheesh Lakshman and Visakh Menon.

BMW’s Artists in Residence program this year is featuring strong line-ups: Artists taking part include Indian photographer, performance and feminist artist Indu Antony (Bangalore); recent Inlaks Fine Art Awardee, textile artist and sculptor Gurjeet Singh (Chandigarh); multidisciplinary artist Arpita Akhanda (Santiniketan) whose works address political concerns for human rights and justice; and mixed media artist Haroun Hayward (London) whose influences include 90s dance music, graffiti, African and South Asian textiles, and miniature painting traditions.

[Haroun Hayward is Artist in Residence at India Art Fair 2022. Image above by Hayward: Nightdrive Through Babylon (Sun Setting Between Hills)
Oil Paint, Oil Stick, Oil Pastel, Gesso on Wood Panel, 94×63.4cm]

In collaboration with The Gujral Foundation and Artdemic, Anshuka Mahapatra has been selected to design the tent façade of the 2022 fair. The fair has a long-term relationships with pioneering institutions — Kochi Biennale Foundation, Chennai Photo Biennale and Serendipity Arts Foundation, among others.

IAF Parallel: This program expands its presence into the local and international art scene using digital presence through website editorial and films, online talks, workshops and exhibition walkthroughts — happening across cities in India and the world.


Promoting young talent: Vadehra Art Gallery, Nature Morte, Gallery Espace, Blueprint12 (all New Delhi), Experimenter, Emami Art and Akar Prakar (all Kolkata), Tarq, Tao Art Gallery, Jhaveri Contemporary, Chatterjee & Lal (all Mumbai), Gallery Veda, Art Houz, Apparao Galleries (all Chennai) and GALLERYSKE (Bengaluru / New Delhi).

Presentations by legacy galleries Dhoomimal Art Gallery, DAG (both New Delhi) and Archer Art Gallery (Ahmedabad) will give prominence to modernists who have been instrumental in shaping Indian art history.

The fair will also see 4 international galleries return: Aicon Art (New York, USA), Aicon Contemporary (New York, USA),
Grosvenor Gallery (London, UK) and neugerriemschneider (Berlin, Germany).

[Viswanath Kuttum, Rituals 4, 2020. Mixed media on board. Courtesy of Art Incept.]

Highlighting the growing Indian arts scene, 7 Indian galleries will debut at the 2022 fair: APRE Art House (Mumbai), Art Incept (Gurugram / New Delhi), Frangipani Art Gallery (Ahmedabad), Gallery Art Exposure (Kolkata), Modern Art Gallery (New Delhi), Ojas Art (New Delhi), and Vida Heydari Contemporary (Pune). Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) will host two centenary exhibitions: Birth of a White Rose honoring Somnath Hore, and Sayed Haider Raza Centenary Exhibition in collaboration with Raza Foundation at Bikaner House.

OUTDOOR ART PROJECTS will include large-scale installations presented by institutions extending across the fairgrounds, such as an open-air library and showcase of the Food Lab Grant winners by Serendipity Arts Foundation; women and trans-women collective Aravani Art Project who will create a colossal mural along the walkway into the fair supported by Saffronart Foundation; Terrain.Art will present an immersive space of NFTs and digital artworks by Indian artists, and Space 118 Artist Grant winner Tapan Moharana’s installation of light and shadow play.

For more information about other fair sections, please click here. Alternatively, check out below the full list of galleries, outdoor projects, institutions and others exhibiting in 2022.

Exhibitors 2022

Aicon Art (New York)
Aicon Contemporary (New York)
Akar Prakar (Kolkata/ New Delhi)
Akara Art (Mumbai)
Anant Art Gallery (New Delhi)
Apparao Galleries (Chennai/ New Delhi)

[Ganesh Haloi, Untitled, 2015. Gouache on handmade paper. 24.25_ x 31.5_. Courtesy of Akar Prakar.]

APRE Art House (Mumbai)
Archer Art Gallery (Ahmedabad)
Art Alive Gallery (New Delhi)
Art Centrix Space (New Delhi)
Art Heritage (New Delhi)
Art Houz (Bengaluru/ Chennai)
Art Incept (Gurugram/ New Delhi)
Art Musings (Mumbai)
Art Pilgrim (New Delhi)
Blueprint12 (New Delhi)
Chatterjee & Lal (Mumbai)
Chawla Art Gallery (New Delhi)
Chemould Prescott Road (Mumbai)
Crayon Art Gallery (New Delhi)
DAG (New Delhi)
Dhoomimal Gallery (New Delhi)
Emami Art (Kolkata)
Exhibit 320 (New Delhi)
Experimenter (Kolkata)
Frangipani Art Gallery (Ahmedabad)
Galerie ISA (Mumbai)
Gallerie Nvya (New Delhi)
Gallery Art Exposure (Kolkata)
Gallery Art.Motif (New Delhi)
Gallery Espace (New Delhi)
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke (Mumbai)
Gallery Veda (Chennai)
GallerySKE (Bengaluru/ New Delhi)
Grosvenor Gallery (London)
Jhaveri Contemporary (Mumbai)
Latitude 28 (New Delhi)
Modern Art Gallery (New Delhi)
Nature Morte (New Delhi)
neugerriemschneider (Berlin)
Palette Art Gallery (New Delhi)
Pichvai Tradition & Beyond (New Delhi)
Project88 (Mumbai)
Rukshaan Art (Mumbai)
Sakshi Gallery (Mumbai)
Shrine Empire (New Delhi)
Studio Art (New Delhi)
TAO Art Gallery (Mumbai)
TARQ (Mumbai)
The Guild (Alibaug)
Threshold Art Gallery (New Delhi)
Vadehra Art Gallery (New Delhi)
Vida Heydari Contemporary (Pune)
Wonderwall (New Delhi)
ZOCA (Ahmedabad)

[Khalil Chishtee, “Khub parda hey ke chilman se lagey bethey hein saaf chupte bhi nahin samney aatey bhi nahein”, 2019. Painted Steel. 68_ X 35_. Courtesy of Studio Art.]

Aakriti Art Gallery (Kolkata)
Anupa Mehta Arts (Mumbai)
Apparao Galleries (Chennai/ New Delhi)
Emami Art (Kolkata)
Gallerie Nvya (New Delhi)
Gallery Art Positive (New Delhi)

Delhi Crafts Council (New Delhi)
Gallery Ragini (New Delhi)
Nature Morte (New Delhi)
Ojas Art (New Delhi)
Inherited Art Forms (New Delhi)

Artdemic (New Delhi)
Chennai Photo Biennale (Chennai)
Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) (New Delhi)
HH Art Spaces (Goa)
Liszt Institute Hungarian Cultural Centre (New Delhi)
Kochi Biennale Foundation (Kochi)
Kolkata Centre for Creativity (Kolkata)
Museo Camera (Gurugram)
Serendipity Arts Foundation (New Delhi)

[Nikhil Chopra, Lands, Waters _ Skies, Morjim, 2019. Mixed media on paper. Courtesy of Chatterjee Lal]

Aravani Art Project (Bengaluru) & Saffronart Foundation (Mumbai)
KHOJ International Artists’ Association (New Delhi)
Kochi Biennale Foundation (Kochi)
Serendipity Arts Foundation (New Delhi)
Space 118 (Mumbai)

Terrain.Art (New Delhi)

A full list of participating exhibitors for the 2022 edition of India Art Fair can be found here.

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Preview passes and tickets for the fair are available via the website, here.

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