5 Artists to Look Forward to at India Art Fair 2019

India Art Fair, 2 - 5 February 2017. Installation view. Photo credit Andy Barnham (24)

December 19, 2018

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A sneak preview of just some of the exceptional contemporary artists heading to New Delhi in January 

1. Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei. Porcelain Vase (Journey), 2017.  Porcelain. Courtesy of neugerriemschneider

Making their introduction to the Indian subcontinent at India Art Fair 2019, Berlin based gallery neugerriemschneider will be showcasing a dramatic collection of works by acclaimed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Widely known for his highly political output, Ai Weiwei works across a variety of mediums, including sculpture, film, photography, and even music, creating works that make bold statements about contemporary culture.

2. Zarina Hashmi

Zarina Hashmi. Ahmedabad; Kabul; Beirut, 2017. Woodblock print on Okawara paper. Courtesy of Blouinartinfo

“Baring my life to the scrutiny of the world” is how US based Indian artist Zarina Hashmi describes her artistic practice. Having grown up in the aftermath of partition, Hashmi’s work addresses themes of home, displacement, borders, trauma and memory. Primarily working in intaglio, woodblock, lithography and silkscreen, she employs a sparing, cartographic vocabulary to encourage a conversation about lost cities and exile. Find her works at India Art Fair 2019 in the Gallery Espace booth.

3. Idris Khan

Idris Khan. 21 Stones, 2018. Oil on paper. Courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery

Idris Khan has become an international heavyweight in the contemporary art world for his visually rich works that combine layered imagery with text, numbers and geometric shapes. Referencing source material from literature, history, art, music and religion, his output is enormously varied, spanning painting, sculpture, wall drawing and photomechanical reproduction. The notion of time is central to his practice, which explores the interaction between the past, present and future. He will be represented at India Art Fair 2019 by Galerie Isa.

4.  Rekha Rodwittya 

Rekha Rodwittiya. Untitled, 2018. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Sakshi Gallery

One of Sakshi Gallery’s stellar artists is Rekha Rodwittya, whose practice aims to distil past emotions and memories into present experience. Largely autobiographical in nature, her paintings portray women through the lens of the artist’s personal experiences, while referencing broader socio-political events. The large, staring eyes of Rodwittya’s female protagonists confront the viewer, powerfully exploring issues of alienation, belonging, trauma and discrimination.

5. Thomas Ruff

Thomas Ruff. Installation view, 2017. Courtesy of David Zwirner

Internationally renowned for his pioneering contributions to contemporary photography, Thomas Ruff comes to India for the first time in January 2019, represented by David Zwirner Gallery. Over the course of his career, Ruff has tested the myriad possibilities of his medium — capturing astronomical textures through NASA’s satellite cameras, experimenting with photo-manipulation, creating large scale, highly detailed portraits, and, more recently, working to uncover the life history of the camera through archival colonial photographs.

India Art Fair will return to NSIC Grounds, New Delhi from 31 January — 3 February 2019. Be the first to see this year’s show with our new Thursday Preview Pass, or grab the Single Day and Three Day tickets available for purchase here

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