In Touch is an online digital exhibitions platform created in partnership between galleries to present curated exhibitions.Its collaborative nature makes this a unique platform bringing together a diverse range of programs and artists.The objective of the platform, as the name suggests, is to be in touch with each other through organized and synergistic exhibition - making that challenges traditional formats of engaging with art.
Chatterjee & Lal
Chatterjee & Lal was formed in 2003 by husband and wife team Mortimer Chatterjee and Tara Lal. Today based in Mumbai’s Colaba art district, the gallery is an important node in the city’s maturing art scene. Whilst the gallery has always focused on the work of emerging and mid-career artists, more recently programming has included historical material that adds to the corpus of knowledge on twentieth century histories of art and design.
Gallery artists exhibit globally and the gallery participates in select art fairs. The directors are published authors, regularly sharing their insights on art in national and international publications.
Chemould Prescott Road
Established by Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy in Mumbai in 1963, Chemould is one of the first exhibition spaces in India focusing on modern and contemporary art, that presents works by the country’s most prominent artists across interdisciplinary and experimental mediums. Through its online viewing rooms, artist projects and significant presence in global fairs and programs, Chemould is also at the forefront of international art platforms.
In conjunction with its exhibitions, Chemould shares the visionary work of its artists with audiences worldwide through the production of catalogues, artists books, editions and monographs; providing insights and unique access to their oeuvres. In 2007, the gallery moved to a large loft-like space in a historic building on Prescott Road. Under the current directorship of Shireen Gandhy, Chemould has placed works in various museum collections including the Guggenheim Foundation, the Tate Modern, M+, The Art Institute of Chicago, and more.
Experimenter was co-founded by Prateek & Priyanka Raja in 2009 in Kolkata, India. With a multidisciplinary approach, the gallery is an incubator for an ambitious and challenging contemporary practice. The program represents some of the most critical contemporary artists worldwide. The program, rooted in dialogue and dissent, is considered to be a ‘pace-setter’ for its region, and extends from exhibition-making, to knowledge creation, through regular talks, performances, workshops and through it’s much acclaimed, annual curatorial intensive – Experimenter Curators’ Hub. A second, more ambitious space was added in 2018, marking a deeper inquisition into the gallery’s realm of interest.
The gallery attempts to expand the scope contemporary practice beyond the ambit of its expected role. In 2016, its artist-book publishing wing was launched followed by the Experimenter Learning Program in 2018 which enables learning in fields of contemporary and performing arts, curatorship, film, writing, language and social culture. In 2019, Experimenter Outpost, an iterative exhibitions program outside the physical gallery temporarily inhabiting disused, characterful spaces was formed. 2020 marked the beginning of Experimenter Labs an inclusive, experimental and multi-dimensional online platform in addition to the onsite gallery programming.
GALERIE MIRCHANDANI + STEINRUECKE
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke’s unique position has evolved over the past 30 years. Usha Mirchandani, who had a career in advertising in New York during the 1970s, experienced art up close in some of its most radical and formative moments. Mirchandani returned to Bombay in the mid-eighties, where she established an art consultancy, joined later by her daughter Ranjana.
In Berlin from 1997 to 2003, Ranjana Steinruecke ran a gallery introducing art from India in the new German capital, through iconic exhibitions by Atul Dodiya, Jogen Chowdhury and Bhupen Khakhar among other artists. The gallery curated and presented “The Artist Lives and Works”, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, which showed for the first time in Berlin the work of Shilpa Gupta, N.S. Harsha and Jitish Kallat among other young contemporaries from India.
In 2006, the gallery opened in Mumbai with the intention to discover and nurture new and potent positions in painting that were emerging in India. Today, the gallery represents some of the country’s most sought-after painters including Ratheesh T., Sosa Joseph, Siji Krishnan, Aji V.N. and Abir Karmakar who explore a range of personal and political subjects through highly individualised approaches. The program includes as well some of the foremost practitioners of collage, sculpture and photography, such as C.K. Rajan, Benitha Perciyal and Gauri Gill.
GALLERYSKE is dedicated to presenting art grounded in the contemporary Indian experience. In our nearly two decades, we have chosen to work with a small group of artists, each of whose distinct practice draws deeply upon the emotional, psychological and natural terrain of the region. We aim to develop and support work that reflects upon and engages with the astonishingly rich set of experiences that constitute the current Indian moment.
Founded in 2003 by Sunitha Kumar Emmart, the gallery has two locations- in Delhi and Bangalore. The gallery in New Delhi is a unique, collegial experience with PHOTOINK while the space in Bangalore is open only by invitation and is shared with the creative agency, Border & Fall.
Jhaveri Contemporary was formed in 2010 by sisters Amrita and Priya with an eye towards representing artists, across generations and nationalities, whose work is informed by South Asian connections and traditions. The gallery's dedication to original scholarship, engendered through its carefully crafted shows, is one of the many ways it distinguishes itself. Entwined with this philosophy is another guiding principle: showcasing the heterogeneous practices of long-celebrated luminaries as well as emerging talents, often in generously interrogative conversations. With a focus on mining lesser-known art histories, Jhaveri Contemporary facilitates dialogue between artists, curators and historians to add to the wider field of art. Estates served by the gallery include Mohan Samant, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Anwar Jalal Shemza.
Amrita and Priya have produced landmark projects such as Anish Kapoor's first-ever public exhibition in India in 2010. The sisters are published authors and, in 2005, they collaborated on the seminal guidebook, 101: A Guide to 101 Modern and Contemporary Indian artists. Jhaveri Contemporary's gallery space in Mumbai is on the third floor of a heritage building which overlooks the iconic Gateway of India from its balconies.
Founded in New York's East Village in 1982 and closed in 1988, Peter Nagy revived Nature Morte in New Delhi in 1997 as a commercial gallery and a curatorial experiment. Since then, Nature Morte has become synonymous in India with challenging and experimental forms of art; championing conceptual, lens-based, and installation genres and representing a generation of Indian artists who have gone on to international exposure. The gallery now has two exhibition spaces in New Delhi. The main gallery is located at the Dhan Mill complex in the Chhatarpur area, in the extreme south of the city.
In addition, the gallery has maintained multiple branches in various locations: Berlin (2008-2014), Calcutta (2006-2009), and at the Oberoi Gurgaon hotel (2011-2014). Nature Morte also hosts large scale exhibitions in the Famous Studios, Mumbai annually. The gallery is owned by its co-directors: Aparajita Jain and Peter Nagy.
Nature Morte was the first gallery from India to be included in the most important international art fairs (starting with The Armory Show in New York in 2005) and has participated in Art Basel, Fiac Paris, Art Basel Miami Beach, Paris Photo, Art Dubai, Tokyo Art Fair, Art Basel Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, and Frieze London and New York, among others. Nature Morte has also organized projects and exhibitions with international artists coming to India and combining their works with those of Indian artists to foster cross-cultural communications. In addition to its own programming, Nature Morte has collaborated with institutions in India such as the British Council, the Alliance Francais, the Sanskriti Foundation, the India International Centre, the India Habitat Centre, Max Mueller Bhavan, the Italian Cultural Center, Khoj International Artists Association, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, and the National Gallery of Modern Art in both New Delhi and Mumbai. Today, Nature Morte represents such well-known artists as Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat, Anita Dube, Bharti Kher, Reena Saini Kallat, Manisha Parekh, Imran Qureshi, Mona Rai, Pushpamala N., Seher Shah, Thukral & Tagra, Raqs Media Collective, and Asim Waqif, as well as others.
PHOTOINK was founded in 2001 by Devika Daulet-Singh as a photo agency and publication design studio. To develop wider interest in photography in India, we began publishing photo books and producing exhibitions from 2004 onwards. In 2008, we cemented our presence by setting up a permanent photography gallery in Delhi. To invite closer dialogue with other disciplines in the visual arts, we began sharing our space with Bangalore based GALLERYSKE in 2016. From inception, we have been supporting the indexing and cataloguing of modern and contemporary photography archives.
The gallery’s represented artists includes Succession Estates, established and younger artists: Estate of Ahmed Ali, Amit Madheshiya, Anita Khemka, Dhruv Malhotra, Dileep Prakash, Estate of Kanu Gandhi, Ketaki Sheth, Madhuban Mitra & Manas Bhattacharya, Madan Mahatta Archives, Manuel Bougot, Max Kandhola, Pablo Bartholomew, Estate of Prabuddha Dasgupta, Raghu Rai, Rajesh Vora, Roger Ballen, The Sher-Gil Archives and Vivan Sundaram. PHOTOINK’s commitment to bringing works by renowned international photographers to India included exhibitions by Martin Parr, Samuel Fosso and Snowdon.
Anahita Taneja and Shefali Somani co- founded Shrine Empire in 2008 by merging their two existing initiatives. Since its inception, Shrine Empire has consistently focused on promoting artists from the South Asian region whose practices emphasize process, research, and conceptual use of media and material. The gallery’s programming has created a unique identity for the space through curated exhibitions and propositions, as well as commissioned projects which explore crossings between aesthetics and social/political concerns of its immediate context.
Shrine Empire’s community includes a large network of local and international partners, and in collaboration, the gallery contributes to building discourse on contemporary art in South Asia through discussions, artist talks, workshops and patronage. For the past several years, the gallery extended its outreach programs to build a strong base for the arts locally through sustained educational initiatives and by supporting alternative practices. In 2017 these initiatives were formally consolidated as the not-for-profit initiative, Prameya Art Foundation [PRAF]
Artists represented are Anoli Perera, Baaraan Ijlal, Divya Singh, Gautam Kansara, Karan Shrestha, Neerja Kothari, Omer Wasim, Samanta Batra Mehta, Sangita Maity, Shruti Mahajan, Suchitra Gahlot and Tayeba Begum Lipi.
TARQ was founded in 2014 by Hena Kapadia on the values of creating a meaningful conversation around art and its myriad connotations and contexts. It was envisioned as something of a laboratory - an incubator for young contemporary artists which would work towards pushing the boundaries of how contemporary art in India is exhibited and perceived. TARQ's youthful and experimental ethos encourages collectors, novice and seasoned alike, to approach art collecting through a perspective that marries thoughtfulness with an inquisitive eye for aesthetics and artistic processes.
Since its conception, TARQ has endeavoured to create a robust outreach program that ties in with the gallery's exhibitions and overall raison d'être. The program is an amalgam of educational initiatives in the form of workshops, gallery walk-throughs and talks. Our intention is to engage with a diverse audience to develop an informed viewership for contemporary art in the future.
Tradition and Beyond
Tradition & Beyond was set up in an atelier format in 2009. In the last ten years the focus of the atelier and its founder Pooja Singhal has been to sustain and revive traditional techniques and the artist community, take the century old art form, maintain its ethos and push the boundaries to bring out something within it that is aesthetically and culturally relevant today. The Gallery at The Lodhi is the perfect showcase of works largely made by the atelier, It also becomes a space to exhibit the collections of old and heritage pieces we have acquired over the years from the artist community.
Vadehra Art Gallery
Representing a roster of artists across four generations, Vadehra Art Gallery was established in 1987 with a passion to pioneer Indian art as a conduit of cultural celebration, intellect and value in the public milieu. A confidante to art history and a paladin to contemporary art, the gallery supports a vibrant and flourishing ecosystem that at its center heroes the artist and their work.
Modern masters like M.F. Husain, Ram Kumar, S.H. Raza and Tyeb Mehta find prime spot in the gallery’s calendar alongside the subsequent generation of modernists like Arpita Singh, A. Ramachandran, Nalini Malani, Gulammohammed Sheikh and Rameshwar Broota. The gallery’s expansive contemporary programme includes some of the most exciting names in Indian art such as Atul Dodiya, Shilpa Gupta, Anju Dodiya, N.S. Harsha and Sunil Gupta, as well as young emerging talent like Sachin George Sebastian, Shrimanti Saha and Shailesh B.R.
Vadehra Art Gallery’s active and comprehensive programming takes the form of carefully curated and frequent exhibitions at two prominent locations in Delhi, alongside art events, engaging conversations and a growing digital platform, including virtual exhibitions and an online shop. With a maturing global presence, the gallery continues to present curated projects at prestigious art fairs across the world, including the Frieze fairs in London and New York, and Art Basel in Basel and Hong Kong, among others.
As a key artistic interlocutor to regional and international audiences, the gallery ventured into publishing in 1996, finding a crucial need for adequate documentation, critical writing, and quality reproduction of images in Indian art. Over the last two decades, the gallery has published several books and monographs in collaboration with major publishing houses like Penguin and Prestel, as well as hundreds of illustrated exhibition catalogues, in addition to contemporaneously producing literature on ongoing exhibitions and artist projects.