New Delhi: The year in the run-up to the 2016 edition of India Art Fair saw the fair make some of its biggest, boldest changes, from its strategic positioning as the prime South Asian fair, to a commitment to quality with a more selective and thoughtfully laid out gallery program.
“With so many important changes, all for many different reasons and considerations, keeping in mind what the Indian art ecosystem needs but also what the market in India requires, an innumerable set of forces both internal and external had to perfectly align in order to give the boost that the art fraternity has waited for for the last few years”, said Founder and Director of India Art Fair, Neha Kirpal. “The 2016 edition fuelled by partnerships with stakeholders across the board, has been able to incorporate these essential factors, and the emphatic results have effectively rebooted the contemporary market with sales beyond expectations to collectors both old and new.”
A key objective for art fair organisers was to deliver a deeper level of commitment and engagement from collectors right across the country, and from NRIs and internationals who act as strong influencers in an art community that is seeking to find what they can’t find anywhere else in the world. With the changing nature of business in the art world and a certain global art fair fatigue, there is a compelling case for India and the region to present fresh undiscovered talent at the highest global quality yet to be seen anywhere on the international circuit, and equally a collector base that is growing exponentially, as was clearly evident at the fair this year. Footfall exceeded the previous year, and a much lauded architectural layout combined with a markedly high quality selection of gallery presentations that came together to produce record sales and a historic edition.
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