Gargi Gupta celebrates Sharan Apparao’s 25th anniversary in the art market in India in The Business Standard:
It may be, but the times have also changed a lot since that autumn in 1984 when Apparao, then an enthusiastic 22 year-old with a BA in art history but no background in business or friends in the arts world, decided to open “The Gallery”, as it was called at first. “I had no idea…besides, art was not a business then. One of the first shows I did was on horses,” she still laughs at the commonplace nature of the concept. That was also her first contact with M F Husain, who contributed a work and with whom she’s done a number of shows since. “Then I decided that I wanted to do an exhibition on women artists and went all the way to Gorakhpur to see if I could persuade Amrita Sher-Gil’s husband to give me some of her works.”
That she’s come a long way is an understatement, building Apparao into the name it is in the contemporary art scene today, associated with senior ‘modern’ artists such as Burman, Husain, S H Raza and Jogen Choudhury, as also a few young artists she has helped grow into their now distinctive place among the contemporaries — Farhan Mujib, Alexis Kersey, George K. Apparao today is known for what may be called “expat art” — art by foreigners such as Andree Pouliot, Werner Dornik, Olivia Fraser, and many others who’ve lived in India for a long time and been influenced by its artistic traditions.
She’s Got the Hang of It (Business Standard)