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Updated: Jul 6, 2022

In the creative confines of NSIC Exhibition Grounds at the expensively carpeted venue of The India Art Fair, Walls of Art speak for themselves. The 2022 India Art Fair organized from 28th April 2022 to 1st May 2022 was a clear depiction of the world of creativity. The Fair was organized after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, artists and critiques from around the world were a part of the gathering.

The 13th edition of The Indian Art Fair had clear indications that games, AI, and NFTs are breaking ground in the country's art market that has managed to withstand the challenges posed by the crushing pandemic.

For the first time, the fair had a booth for digital art. As many as 63 galleries, including 4 from abroad, and 14 art illustrations were a part of the 2022 edition.

It is the biggest event in India's art calendar. Even though the Delhi’s heat was unbearable, the fair was impossible to miss.

Pink, blue, green, and yellow pop off the walls, coming together to form the centre of the art fair. Aravani Art Collective, India's only trans art collective, showcased an Utopian scene of equality with a slogan emblazoned on the mural that declared "The Future Is Femme", challenging the male-dominated society.

The Art fair comprised many young artists standing up against inequality and challenging gender and sexual stereotypes. Artists like Aravani trans are shifting perceptions in a male-dominated society.

Among the new generation of young artists being showcased at this year's fair, which plays a pivotal role in India's flourishing art market, many have used their work to push boundaries around equality. The artists have had a regional appeal for a while but there is a change in the narrative with international demands.

Certainly from a commercial side, things have never looked this appealing for the Indian modern art market. The pandemic provided an unexpected boost to sales and there have been record-setting sales of Modern Art.

Yet the shift within the market is not solely within the sphere of Indian Modern and Contemporary Art. This year, the art fair showcased rare items of Indian Folk Art, dating back 100 years, illustrating changing perceptions towards older indigenous art within the Indian market.

This year's art fair was worth the wait and the diversity were appalling. The diversity and inclusion of the fair help in widening India's art landscape, as well as growing international interest in the art market.

"The India Art Fair is a perfect place to reflect on and shape the current art world trends". Jaya Asokan, Director of India Art Fair

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