LEARNING MORE ABOUT INDIAN ART FOR ARTISTS AND BUYERS

Indian art is experiencing a wave of renewed interest among avid collectors not only in India but here in the United States. Many Indian expatriates in the US wish to retain a link to their home culture and therefore consider buying Indian art for their homes and workspaces. But where to begin learning more about Indian art? With thousands of years of rich artistic traditions and history in addition to emerging trends, Indian art can feel like a daunting subject. Fortunately, there are many pathways to nurture your knowledge of Indian art, both online and in person.

First, there are many world-class collections of Indian art at major American museums. Some of these collections can even be explored online such as the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Art Institute of Chicago and Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. For example, you can browse Indian art online through the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York [https://rubinmuseum.org/collection/search], which contains over 3,800 objects spanning more than 1,500 years to the present day. If you are fortunate to live in a major center of Indian art such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York or another key American city, you can also visit these collections in person and keep an eye out for special temporary exhibitions of traditional and contemporary Indian artists.

Second, you can browse Indian art for sale at the many emerging galleries dedicated to Indian artists, such as our own Laasya Art gallery here in Palo Alto as well as other Indian art galleries across the US. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can check out our Resources page for local nonprofits and galleries that promote Indian art. If you are located outside of the Bay Area, you can still visit these online or explore your own nearby Indian art galleries. Sundaram Tagore Gallery and Aicon Gallery are two Indian art galleries in New York City, for example, and Twelve Gates Arts is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that holds monthly exhibitions of contemporary and modern art by artists from South Asia and the Middle East. Most contemporary art galleries have plenty of images and information available online, so you can learn more about each artist’s style, influences and techniques while getting a sense of your particular aesthetic taste. The Internet truly puts a world of Indian art at one’s fingertips. 

On Laasya Art’s website, for example, we have images of paintings for sale and biographic information on each artist as well as helpful guides on commissioning artwork, art care tips and art advisory services. We understand that buying Indian art can be intimidating, but we are completely committed to providing our clients with an informative, low-pressure and enjoyable experience.

If you live nearby or have a visit planned to Silicon Valley, we invite you to book a visit to our Laasya Art gallery in Palo Alto, where one of our art advisors help you on a curated tour of Indian paintings, prints and sculptures. We can act as your Indian art expert and can even help you commission a custom painting by a recognized contemporary Indian artist. Art can bring beauty into our lives and connect us with our culture, so we believe in the importance of education and confidence when creating your collection of Indian art.