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Art Expo India 2008, Expo - Center World Trade Centre,Mumbai

From:     Ashok Nayak
Category: Exhibitions
Date:     21 March 2008
Time:     12:51 PM


It's an idea whose time has come. Art fairs and expos are held as a matter of routine all over the 
world. Art Expo India 2008 Mumbai is determined to catch up the global Art Market Trend.
Vickram Sethi, gallerist, curator and entrepreneur, takes this first significant step with Art Expo India 
2008, which brings together professionals from various branches of the art world: From galleries to 
framers, buyers to artists at the World Trade Centre March 14-16, it has been organised by the Trade 
and Technology Exposition Co (India) Pvt Ltd, established in 1987 as an exhibition organising 
company headed by Mr Vikram Sethi.

He has managed to bring together art galleries from all over the country, Sethi says, even though 
many are still hesitant. "They want to wait and see how this one goes," he smiles. Those that have 
signed up include Emami Chisel Art Pvt. Ltd. , Marvel Art Gallery, Karma Art Gallery, Archer , Ashok 
Art Gallery, Nitanjali Art Gallery, Arushi Arts Gallery, Art India Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd, Art & Soul, The 
Osmosis Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art, Klakriti Art Gallery, The Art Trust, Ashish 
Balram Nagpal. 

In time, Sethi explains, there will also be support services showcased at the Expo — insurance, 
valuation and more. Art supplies and artists' facilities are not being planned, at the moment. Sethi 
looks to this collection of industry-associated services being a huge success, since the art market in 
India is growing rapidly. 

"It used to be NRIs buying art, but now every young couple wants to own something that they can be 
proud of," he says. And this is where they can start.Harsh Goenka and actress Dimple Kapadia 
cutting the red ribbon and inaugurating the show. Making their arty-hearty presence felt at 
this ‘making a business out of art’ affair were a number of the city’s gallery owners, artists and art 
dealers, who came to check out the various stalls and works on display. Artexpo India 2008, which 
ends last week, offered Mumbaiites a chance to mingle with art industry professionals from across 
India. Young Indian Artists like Chintan Upadhyay, Pratul Dash, Venkat Bothsa, Amitava Dhar, Sajal 
Patra, Kanta Kishore, Jamal Ahmed, Gadadhar Ojha, Anup Kumar Chand, Binoy Verghese and 
Sanjeev Sonpimpare were hot favorite amongst all showcased and Ashok Art Gallery’s young artist 
representation was found most hunting place for all visitors. 

Dimple was very impressed with the entire concept of buyers, gallerists and collectors all coming 
together under one roof. “Art Expo India will open the market for a wide range of products and 
services,” Vickram Sethi was overheard explaining to a guest.Also present at the show opening were 
Laila Khan-Rajpal, Pravina and Jamal Mecklai, Sarayu Doshi, Richard and Katherine Tan and artists 
Sajal Patra, Prithivi Soni, Vinod Manwani, Kanta Kishore, Pradosh Swain, Sanjoy Bose, Chintan 
Upadhyay, Sanjeev Sonpimpare and Jenny Bhatt. Art for art’s sake, indeed!
Ashok Nayak
Curator and Exhibition Director

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