- Posted September 29, 2012 by
United Art Fair 2012
presence of 550 participating artists.
It is an opportunity for Delhiites to discover the value and diversity of art, the Fair is accompanied by wide range of programmes showcasing the best that artists from all
over the world has to offer. Entries were selected by a panel of eminent experts, and an experienced curator was entrusted with the responsibility of the presentation. “We accepted the thing that is original, unique and what deserves to be exhibited. These can be paintings, installations, sculptures, video projections, site-specific art works, audio and digital and multimedia works, performances or internet art. The works may also be
created in situ. A customised infrastructure model is created to cater to the definitive needs of the works of art.” Said Annurag Sharma the Founder and Director of
United Art Fair.
Annurag has over 10 years of professional experience in the art logistics and handling in India and rest of the world. After leaving a corporate job in 2004 Annurag founded a courier company named UPEX which is one of the leading companies of India for the courier and cargo solutions. He is a visionary person and started a dedicated company for the excellent art handling in the name of United Artlogistics Pvt Ltd (UAPL).
The UAPL brand is today the market leader in providing art logistics solutions globally. The client list of UAPL includes the esteemed auction houses, museums and
Indian & International galleries across the globe.
“The five hundred artists; we call them the young and emerging. They may not be young by conventional understanding but they are young in terms of visibility and recognition. The Mirror section of United Art Fair, being the section created out of the founding principles of the UAF, holds the most vibrant and dynamic cross section of Indian contemporary art. Culled with a pan-national approach, the Mirror section has artists from all over India. Special attention has been given to the artists from the North Eastern states as the UAF wants to uphold the democratic values of Indian culture and
tradition.” Johny ML sounded very happy. He is the other Director of United Art Fair.
Born in Vakkom, a village in Trivandrum, Kerala, Johny ML obtained a masters degree in English Language and Literature from the HH Maharaja’s College (University College), University of Kerala in 1992. He went on to pursue another masters degree in
Art History and Criticism in the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University, Baroda. Later he was awarded with Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship to do a post graduation in Creative Curating at the Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. He has been
curating shows since 1997 and has been quite active in art criticism in Delhi. He was a contributing columnist to Hindustan Times, Indian Express and the Hindu Business Line. He was a special correspondent with the www.tehelka.com.
The five artists; we call them the young and emerging. They may not be young by conventional understanding but they are young in terms of visibility and recognition.
The Mirror section of United Art Fair, being the section created out of the founding principles of the UAF, holds the most vibrant and dynamic cross section of Indian
contemporary art. Culled with a pan-national approach, the Mirror section has artists from all over India. Special attention has been given to the artists from the North
Eastern states as the UAF wants to uphold the democratic values of Indian culture and tradition.
The Mirror section presents a variety of works of art expressed through a range of mediums that include oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolour, sculpture, installation, assemblages, photography, digital imaging, printmaking and so on. Undoubtedly Mirror section has the best of artists from India as they have been selected by a jury comprising of eminent art personalities like K.S.Radhakrishnan, Diwan Manna, Nanak Ganguly,
JohnyML, to name a few.
Curated by the noted photography artist and the Head of the Photography Design Department at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Dr.Deepak John Mathew brings around twenty six photography artists from different parts of India and abroad in
order to show how vibrant and radical photography as an art form has evolved today.
Printmaking is another genre of art that needs urgent attention from art fairs like United Art Fair. India has a very strong tradition of printmaking. However, during the
last one decade this art form has fallen from grace due to various reasons. Most often we think that printmaking is a very old medium and the newer technologies have made it obsolete. But it has a different side to it. It is an age old art form and a wonderful medium that brings out the craft of an artist and his ingenuity in handling various
mediums. Rajan Fulari, a young printmaker and artist curates this special section that would highlight the contemporary aspects of printmaking.
Mind the Gap Now
‘Mind the Gap Now’ section features the established and senior artists of our contemporary art scene. The phrase, ‘Mind the Gap’ is known to all those who travel
by metro rails. The authorities always give the warning that the passengers should take care of the gap between the coach and the platform. There is always a gap and mind it. In our contemporary scene too there is a huge hiatus between the established and
the non-established ones. If you don’t take care of the gap right from the beginning the chasm is going to widen creating a vast disparity between the two plateaus of artists; of the established and the non-established. The word ‘Now’ added to the phrase makes
it ‘Mind the Gap Now’ calling out for urgent action. This section is curated by JohnyML, UAF Project Director and Chief Curator.
Video Art is one of the established genres of visual arts today. Though video art had become an interesting interface of craft and technology in the production of visual arts during 1970s itself, it took almost three decades to become a commonly used visual arts medium. Video became an extension of body and mind for many once technology became cheaper. Today artists consider video as an integral part of our visual culture. Experiments have been on ever since image creating and editing software became accessible through personal computers. Video is not only a personal tool but also a political tool now. In UAF Video Lounge we present a set of vibrant video artists from all
The Sculpture Park has large scale works of the internationally known sculptor K.S. Radhakrishnan, Subodh Kerkar, Sidharth and Balan Nambiar along with promising artists Megha Joshi and Neeraj Rawal.
Masters’ Corner is one of the highlights that we have devised for mutual endorsement and for underlining the flow of tradition through various artistic expressions. The
Masters’ Corner brings in the works of various modern artists from India. This section is meant for making the audience aware of the streams from which the contemporary artists have taken inspiration for their works. Perhaps, the contemporary artists do not
directly refer to the works of these masters however, their works would tell us how the contemporary artists are indirectly referring or differing from the kind of styles and concerns of the older masters.
UAF proudly presents a special section on Raja Deen Dayal, the pioneer of Indian photography, along with the Masters’ Corner. Around thirty works are brought in from
the Raja Deen Dayal Estate in Hyderabad and is presented by Priya Singhal who heads the estate now.
Malhaar Project is an interesting participatory art project initiated by the noted artist VidyasagarUpadhyay. To celebrate the arrival of the monsoon, artists from all over the beautiful north Indianstate