Kishore Singh gets fired up about the Indian Art Summit in the Business Standard:
This, the ultimate outing for Indian art lovers, is a wet dream of possibilities and realities — the best that India has to offer, on an unprecedented scale, ranging from the pre-moderns to the very cutting-edge of contemporary art, wielding a swathe across geographies to include Afghan and Bangladeshi artists, European and Asian and India-born creators, from gigantic works to small formats, across a dizzying range of mediums, with the buzz but also the mayhem of a disturbed hornet’s nest. In the days leading up to the second edition of the Indian Art Summit, from August 19-22 at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, the ancillary industry has seen the kind of action it had become unused to — designers are being hired to style the galleries, framers are doing double shifts to complete assignments, customs officials are being harangued to clear artworks, catalogues are being prepared, printers are matching images with offset reproductions, price lists are being readied (with hope, cross those fingers!), even cranes hired…
[…] If the excitement is palpable, it’s easy to understand why. Spread across 4,500 sq m, with 54 participating galleries, 17 of them from overseas, the summit will bring together collector, dealer, investor and expert on the same platform as the art lover. Nor will visual stimuli be the only sensory overload. Planned as part of the summit, but with an accompanying Rs 7,000 stricture as fee, is a forum of speakers who will focus on issues ranging from the rise of Asia as an art market to the effects of globalisation on art, from emerging markets to the role of the gallery, from creating value to five decades of collecting in India to valuation, from matters of diapora art to the journey back to aesthetics, and, of course, artists and critics in dialogue — the last one, in particular, to watch out for. Speakers at these seminars range from art consultants to experts, gallerists, collectors, exhibitors, curators, professionals and amateurs, and come from, besides India, around the world — Europe, Asia and America.
The God of Art Are HereInI (Business Standard)