Since its inception, Art Alive Gallery has looked at contemporary Indian art from a holistic lens. Founded in 2001 by Sunaina Anand, the gallery believes in engaging the artists as well as art lovers, stoking the inquisitive nature of the two sides and feeding it with the creative energy that defines the Indian art scene. The shows promoted by the gallery extend beyond the ordinary and intend to bridge the gap between artists and patrons to nurture a culture of engagement with art and encourage a deeper connect between the two worlds.
In a very concentrated manner, the gallery has not only shared the impressions created by the contemporary Indian artists but also their journeys, life history and inspirations. Curated shows, retrospectives, artist interactions, art talks, catalogues & books, the gallery has always reflected a 360degree vision and produced some of the finest shows and publications makingit one of the leading art voices in theworld.
Art Alive Gallery has in its repertoire some of the finest names in Indian contemporary art.Having nurtured a lifelong relationship with the artists, the gallery has witnessed their creativity mature through their art lifejourneys. The artist roster includes well-known names in the Indian contemporary art such as S.H. Raza, Sakti Burman, Krishen Khanna, Anjolie Ela Menon, Jogen Chowdhury, Laxma Goud, Thota Vaikuntam, Manu Parekh, Paresh Maity, Raghu Rai, Madhavi Parekh, MaitéDelteil, P R Daroz, ArpanaCaur, Jayasri Burman, Senaka Senanayake, S Harsha Vardhana, Tara Sabarwal, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Narayan Sinha, Sujata Bajaj, Maya Burman among several others. With a vision to stimulate art practices in the contemporary sphere, the gallery also works steadily in promoting young talent from the country and offers its space for incubation of new narratives and fresh creativevision.
From the start, the Gallery has carved a distinct position by creating an effective visual and interactive dialogue through curated shows, critically edged catalogues, intra-disciplinary events, art books, workshops and seminars. Earlier in 2005, the Gallery was given ‘the best show award ’by the India Habitat Centre for organizing a show titled ‘Ways of Seeing’.Some of its other memorable shows include: ‘Fair & Furious’ (2004), ‘Bridges’ (2005), ‘Tatva’ (2006), ‘An Indian Summer’ (2007), ‘Urgent Conversations’ (2008), Retrieval Systems (2009), Fragility (2011), Shesh Lekha – The Last Poems of Rabindra Nath Tagore (2011), Living Walls (2013), Art Now series (2016 to 2019), ‘YOU WILL KNOW ME: Migration Stories’(2020), to name a few.
In 2007, the Gallery celebrated the 85th birthday of S.H.Raza in a multi-arts event named,‘Swasti’. The event comprised a solo show of the artist at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, a group exhibition of Raza Foundation Awardees, a Poetry and Performative Arts festival and a panel discussion on Raza, titled ‘Shoonya aur Aakar’ (Form and Nothingness) with distinguished art critics and writers. The gallery has also been organizing retrospectives and many solo shows of distinguished artists, namely, Sakti Burman, Manu Parekh, Thota Vaikuntam, K.S. Radhakrishnan, Yusuf Arakkal, Paresh Maity, Shuvaprasanna, Maite Delteil, Raghu Rai, Singh Twins, Tara Sabharwal, Veer Munshi and Jayasri Burman to showcase modern indigenous artistic trends.
To cultivate a culture of art appreciation in sync with progressive art practices, the Gallery has also been providing a visible platform to young Indian artists for exhibiting their innovative and experimental art. Furthermore, the gallery has also showcased numerous group shows featuring younger contemporaries viz: ‘Emerging India’(2007), ‘Generation Next’ (2008), ‘What is Contemporary’ (2019)and ‘Moments and Transformation: Finding Life in Materiality’(2019). Art Alive was the first gallery to bring tribal artists to contemporary Indian platform through the show Jangarh Kalam (2010).
A prominent voice and committed to promoting Indian contemporary art on the world platform, the gallery has consistently collaborated and held shows at the Royal College of Arts, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Jebiwool Art Museum, Seoul among others. The gallery has also collaborated with International Festivals like the 7th edition of St. Moritz Art Masters 2014, Switzerland for exhibition of works of contemporary Indian artists. It presented an exclusive collection of Paresh Maity’s watercolours, titled, ‘A Mystic Journey’ as part of the ‘India Calling! 2010’ event in Chicago.
Art Alive Gallery has also ventured into publications to contribute in documenting contemporary Indian history. The Gallery has published an extraordinary range of books, catalogues with critical analytical text; limited edition art portfolios withlithos by Sakti Burman, Jogen Chowdhury, T. Vaikuntam, Paresh Maity, and more. Among the publications are a monograph on the life and art of S.H. Raza, Thota Vaikuntam, Laxma Goud and Sakti Burman constituting the ‘Art Alive Masters Series’. The first volume of the publication, ‘Faces of Indian Art’ offers an insideview into the studios of Indian artists at work, through the lens of acclaimed photographer Nemai Ghosh, including the artist’s profiles by distinguished art writers and critics.The gallery has also produced monographic books containing large reproductions of the works of S.H. Raza, K.S. Radhakrishnan, Paresh Maity and Jayasri Burman. The gallery has closely worked with international art publishers like Skira, Albin Michel and Thames & Hudson to bring out books on Indian art and artists.
Having a multi-faceted approach to art, the Gallery has always attempted to bridge the gap between the public sphere and art. In order to advance a culture of accessibility and increased engagement with art, the Gallery has organized various seminars and panel discussions through the last 15 years. A seminar was concurrently held with the show, ‘YOU WILL KNOW ME: Migration Stories’ curated by Tara Sabharwal (2020) which focused on the socio-political issues of the world. Some of the renowned panelists included: AshisNandy, Parul Dave Mukherji, Leonhard Emmerling, Mallika Ahluwalia, NilitaVachani, Nivedita Menon and Tara Sabharwal along with the artists. A panel discussion titled ‘Indian Art Today: An Exploration of Contemporary India’, with Dr.Partha Mitter, Prof. Parul Dave Mukherjee and Prof.
Francesco Manacorda and an illustrated lecture on ‘A Carnival Sense of the World’ by Timothy Hymen, an eminent painter and art critic were all held inLondon. A regular participant in International art fairs and events, the gallery is committed to promoting art in the public sphere and encouraging dialogue in the not for profit space. The idea is to create congenial space in the country for a discourse that transcends boundaries and remains embedded in Indian history.
Art Alive Gallery, DELHI :S-221 Panchsheel Park, New Delhi - 110017, INDIA
Tel : +91 . 11 . 41639000 | +91 . 11 . 41638050
Fax : +91 . 11 . 41638001
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
The gallery is located on the Outer Ring Road on the Panchsheel Park stretch.
Go past the Panchsheel Club and Max Medical Centre and reach the traffic signal and take a U turn from there. Take the first turn left immediately followed by a U-turn into the side road. It is the third building.
Go past the two Petrol Pumps and the Malviya Nagar T crossing. Take the first left turn after the crossing, immediately followed by a U turn into the side road. It is the third building.