The Sino-Indian Rivalry Extends into Art
India is proud of its growing stature in the international art market but locals recognize they have a long way to go before they catch up to their rivals:
While experts agree that talent in both the countries is at par, they cannot say the same about infrastructure. Most importantly, they underline the fact that the support and encouragement that Indian art receives from the government is negligible in comparison to that received by the Chinese art circuit.
Art critic Gayatri Sinha says, “By 2015, hundreds of new art galleries and museums will open up in China. On the other hand, in India, probably four to five galleries or museums would launch,” adding, “China has many inhouse auction houses that push Chinese art aggressively through the year. In India, we hardly have such auctions.”