This year marks the sixth edition of the Art Dubai Fair, which kicked off on March 21 and runs until March 24. It has been widely acclaimed as being the largest art fair on the Menasa (Middle East-North Africa-Asia) region and it has over 75 galleries in attendance this year. Of the most notable artists to be showcased and honored at the fair is the late MF Husain.
Husain, known as the Picasso of India, is acclaimed for bringing Indian Modern Art to the international scope. He regularly attended Art Dubai before his untimely passing on June 9, 2011. The fair will honor him with a screening of his film, “Through the Eyes of a Painter,” made in 1967. The 18-minute film, set in Rajasthan, India has won numerous accolades including the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival.
A retrospective by the Grosvenor Vaehra will honor Husain as well. Along with four galleries from India and two from the West will dedicate works to Husain and other Indian artists. Husain’s painting of three heads in Rajasthan and a picture of the artist is on sale at the Grosvenor Vaehra booth for a set price of somewhere between $150,000-200,000.
Artists from India have grown to global fame in the past century, and they are the second most represented group of artists at the fair, behind only to Middle Eastern artists.
MF Husain is largely considered a leader in the Indian Modern Art movement, and artists such as Vikram Dayal credit him as a heavy influence. Husain got involved in the Modernism movement in the 1940’s and since then he claims to have created more than 60,000 works in a cubist style. His themes range from Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Hindi deities and the British Raj.
Source: Born Rich