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Journey of Modern indian Art

In a sprawling space of 11000 sq ft., featuring over a thousand significant works of Indian modern art in a range of themes, regions, idioms, styles and genres Delhi Art Fair will be exhibiting a comprehensive, representative view of the progress and catalysts in Indian modernism at the 2015 edition of India Art Fair.

It will present works which chart the Indian modernist journey beginning with pre-modern art to the
various art movements and directions that Indian modern art took.

Curated thematically, works have been grouped into nine categories:

Pre-Moderns: Showcasing the early Bengal artists, Kalighat pats, and Company School, this section examines the genesis of Indian modern art.
Bengal: Featuring artists ranging from Gaganendranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, Ramkinkar Baij, to Ganesh Pyne, Ganesh Haloi and others, this section traces the diverse art that came from Bengal which enriched Indian modernism.

Academic Realism: Dominated by some of the best portraits in Indian art, this section boasts of names like M V Dhurandhar, Benjamin Hudson, M F Pithawalla and Raja Ravi Varma, this section offers a rare insight into the influences of movements such as impressionism, realism and expressionism on Indian art.

The Progressives and Associates: With F N Souza as the group’s frontrunner, this section charts the artistic journeys of the Progressive Artists’ Group, including M F Husain, S H Raza, F N Souza, K H Ara, H A Gade and S.K. Bakre, and associates like Bal Chhabda, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna, Akbar Padamsee, and Mohan Samant.

High Modernism: Reflecting innovation, abstraction - to quite an extent – intellectualism, radical theories and ideas, this category looks at the contribution of artists such as K K Hebbar, G R Santosh, and Gogi Saroj Pal.

The Baroda School and Group 1890: Formed with the fervent desire to forge a native but contemporary language of art, this section showcases works by artists of Group 1890, including Ambadas, Jyoti Bhatt, Jeram Patel, J Swaminathan, Gulammohammed Sheikh, and Vivan Sundaram.

Cholamandal Artists’ Village: This section gives a comprehensive view of the Madras art movement from which emerged many of Cholamandal’s founding members.

This section features works by artists such as Biren De, Sohan Qadri, P T Reddy, and G R Santosh,charting the neo-tantra movement.

Sculptures: This section features some of the best-known names of Indian sculpture, such as Satish Gujral, Dhanraj Bhagat, Raghav Kaneria, Navjot, and K S Radhakrishnan.

The collection of close to thousand artworks, presented category-wise, map the Indian modern attempt with its extraordinary range of themes, regions, idioms, styles and genres, and presents a comprehensive, representative view of Indian modernism.

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