India Art Fair is South Asia’s largest platform for showcasing the best of modern and contemporary art from around the world, and DAG’s booth is the most looked forward to by connoisseurs of Indian art in India and overseas. They were not disappointed with this iteration of the fair where DAG’s lavish booth was set up to resemble public rooms in a large mansion with teak-panelled walls, pillars, portrait galleries, a private lounge, a media room for interviewing artists and important visitors that was streamed live, and special provisions for curated walks. DAG also published a daily art newspaper for the duration of the fair for distribution to all visitors. A large book accompanied the display at the booth.
The ‘Masterpieces of Indian Modern Art’ exhibition showcased the development of art in India by tracing back to its pre-modern days of British colonial art and Company Painting. The highlight of the exhibition was National Art Treasure artist Amrita Sher-Gil’s Dressing the Bride, an oil on canvas dating back to 1937. On display was also a selection of unnamed Early Bengal Oils and the famed Kalighat pats. A scroll by Bishnupada Roy Chowdhury and an installation by Ved Nayar were other highlights.