Delhi Art Week 2022 in The Times of India

Delhi Art Week
Aug 24, 2022 7:01AM

Article by Uma Nair originally published in The Times of India, August 17, 2022

Bringing together over 33 galleries from four zones, with tightly curated sections, the Delhi Art Week second edition (August 24th-August 31st) will celebrate the creative spirit of the city as it straddles tightly knit avant-garde art that is born of rich perspectives and unique odysseys.

The DAW pyramid

Founded in 2021 as a non profit venture by three distinguished gallerists Reena Lath ,Tariq Allana and Sunaina Anand, the DAW is born of the need to come together as a community and offer a unique contemporary perspective on modern and contemporary Indian art history, from collectible contemporary art to significant masterpieces from emerging as well as established masters.

“It was born of a need to come together and showcase exhibitions within the ambit of our own workspaces,” says Tariq Allana, of the famed and historic gallery Art Heritage at Triveni Kala Sangam . “ We felt that we could create a collective that encouraged and engaged with art lovers just the way it’s done in Mumbai,” adds Sunaina Anand known worldwide for the latest 20th-21st century Art tome published by Thames and Hudson for Art Alive.

“Its interesting to note that India has risen in the ranks for South Asian capital gains and is today one of the biggest growing economies in the world and as per Artsy, the OVR partner for DAW. “India makes up 75% of our traffic in South Asia? That means that there is a strong demand for this quality of art, ” quotes Reena Lath who has created cameos of Indian modern and contemporary art for the past few years, with a special focus on abstract art and Bengal modernists.

Diversity and expansiveness

The 2022 edition of the fair will showcase 33 of the most significant galleries from around the city of Delhi. With a tightly packed itinerary of elegant, contemporary environments, the common denominator will be curatorial insights and diversity of materials.

Artists belonging to various parts of India and abroad —

Award winning sculptor Harsha Durugadda, who presented a paper on Buddhism at the British Museum in London last year, has a pair of his minimalist wooden sculptures at Art Centrix curated by Monica Jain. Parisian dwellers Sakti Burman and Maite Delteil, currently living in India, feature in Art Alive’s stirring bouquet. Chennai based Cholamandal artist C Douglas at Akar Prakar creates a mosaic of prismatic figurative of the human condition with his diversity of materials and his optical labyrinths.

Materials and mediums

“The 2022 edition of DAW promises to be expansive and diverse, so that the public and collectors alike can experience world-class artwork within the ambit of the galleries as they come together to explore multiple concepts and material experimentation,” says Tariq Allana.

In the exploration of multiple concepts is Gallery Espace’s Three Voices an ode to Mahatma Gandhi. Two young curators debut at DAW, Gallerie Nvya unveils a young promising curator Shristi Sainani at Square One Saket, while Art Motif announces the first curatorial debut of international origami artist Ankon Mitra who brings together a global melange of 24 artists working in pairs in an eclectic mix of Paper Duets; an avant-garde rendition of famous paper practitioners from all over the world.

Stretched across a week-long celebration, the second edition will be a hybrid event, which adds a new distinctive element to the week – in the physical programming within the galleries own spaces.

Additionally DAW 2022 will also be online on the internationally recognized platform, Artsy. “ This virtual presence of the week will provide a global audience a sense of the rich diversity of Indian contemporary and modern art available in the Capital city,” opines Reena Lath. DAW exhibits will be virtually on view on Artsy till 14th September 2022.

(Delhi Art Week 2022 starts August 24 and continues until August 31, 2022 physically and virtually on Artsy it continues until 14th September 2022.)


Delhi Art Week