Art of the Matter

Meanwhile, Laetitia Dufour, gallerist of LTD Gallery, Paris, talks about contemporary French artists Guillaume Guerin and Katrin Fridriks. "We are very excited, this is our first time. There are already queries about our artists' works," says Dufour.

If Damein Hirst's butterflies are missing this year, David Gerstein has painted the species in his metal three-layered works. "Motion is an integral part of his artwork," says Deve Rayos, art consultant with Bruno Gallery that has branches in Singapore and Israel. His first year at the fair has a selection of work by Israeli artists. "We have numerous Indian collectors who are constantly in touch with our Singapore office. We believe that the Indian market is ready to experiment," he says, introducing Gerstein as "one of the most prominent artists in Israel at present." His booth also has works of Marcel Janco, co-inventor of Dadaism. "He is in the same league as Pablo Picasso. The only mistake he made was returning to Israel," notes Rayos.

Others who were spotted at the opening included some prominent names from the art world (Madhvi and Manu Parekh, Rameshwar Broota and wife Vasundhara Devi, Sakti Burman, Rashid Rana, Anita Dube, Jitish Kallat, Vivan Sundaram, Paresh Maity and Bangladeshi artist Mahbubur Rahman.

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