Sotheby's is all set to introduce Sotheby's Institute of Art in New Delhi for a unique education programme that will immerse participants into the international contemporary art scene in New Delhi. For the first time, Sotheby’s will offer a two-day course in New Delhi, organised in collaboration with Sotheby’s Institute of Art. This unique two-day course immerses participants in the international contemporary art scene since 1960. The programme is designed for collectors and art enthusiasts and provides an overview of the development of artistic practice in the West, as well as an analysis of art from India and other emerging markets. Informative lectures, discussions and ‘hands-on’ sessions are led by Sotheby’s Institute of Art faculty.
Sotheby’s auction house international specialists and other leading experts in the field. The course will coincide with Sotheby’s public exhibition in New Delhi, also at the Leela Palace Hotel, of highlights from its forthcoming New York auction of Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art.
To be held at the Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi, the programme will encompass ‘classroom’ sessions as well as guided visits, interactive panel discussions and lectures with market experts.
This course will trace the emergence and development of international contemporary art from the 1960s on, outlining dramatic transformations in material, concepts and methods, and culminating in the global landscape of art today. Placing contemporary art in its historical and art-historical context, each lecture will highlight the most significant artists and artworks produced in the last sixty years. Themes to be addressed will include the ongoing practice of painting; the rise of installation art; art and political critique; photography and contemporary art; and the emergence of alternative voices from beyond the narrow conventions of the history of art. Beyond a comprehensive survey of international contemporary art, the course will also provide ways to recognize and interpret compelling works of contemporary art. By assessing a broad swath of examples from across the world in a vast array of media - from painting, photography and video to performance, installation and new media art - participants will develop methods to analyse and find meaning in contemporary art. Beyond lectures, participants will also have opportunities to engage in discussion with Sotheby’s experts, artists and collectors about their engagement with the international art and auction market, touching upon provenance, value, performance by sector and the auction process itself.