gets its first art bookstore
Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) The capital added another first to its
list of art initiatives by throwing open the first art bookstore-cum-reading
room here Friday.
up by the Vadehra Gallery, the store in Defence Colony also
has a large reading room sponsored by The Foundation for Indian
part of its opening, the gallery also organised a panel discussion
- “Archiving Contemporary Art” - that stressed on the need
and ways to archive contemporary Asian art and provide a database
to collectors, dealers, artists, researchers and the industry.
speakers included Claire Hsu from the Hong Kong-based Asia
Art Archive, Austria-based scholar and archaeologist Eric
Neumayer, who has collected extensive material on prehistoric
art, painter Raja Ravi Varma and Indian popular culture, and
Annapurna Garimella from Art, Resources and Teaching in Bangalore.
about the importance of archiving the large body of contemporary
art in Asia, mostly from China, India, South Korea and the
Philippines, Hsu said the Asia Art Archive was trying to do
its best as a collectors' endeavour to spread awareness, preserve
and catalogue contemporary art.
as a personal project in 2000, it is now one of the leading
archives in the continent with more than 20,000 titles accessible
to the people free of charge, both online and offline.
said the archive was carrying on several projects like Shifting
Sites: Cultural Desire and the Museum, What Is Your
Dream Museum, All You wanted To Know About International
Art Biennials and Archiving Contemporary Art: Yesterday,
Today and Tomorrow.