Girish Shahane has degrees in English literature from Elphinstone College, Bombay University, and Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was editor and later consulting editor of Art India magazine. He is on the faculty of art history courses run by the Bhau Daji Lad Museum and Jnanapravaha. He has been a columnist for Time Out magazine, DNA newspaper and Yahoo India. Exhibitions curated by him include The Presence of the Past (Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, 1998); Art / Technology (Max Mueller Bhavan, Bombay, 2000); Home Spun (Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, 2011); Bright Noise (Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, 2014), and Midnight’s Grandchildren (Studio X, Bombay, 2014).
Shahane was Director of the Skoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art from 2011 to 2013, and Artistic Director of Art Chennai 2014. He is currently Artistic Director of the India Art Fair. He writes a weekly column for Scroll.in
The link between Speakers' Forum and art projects will hopefully keep visitors in the fair for longer, and encourage many to return for a second look. The same is true of works that develop in time, such as the Acharya-Ganesh collaboration and Zeeshan's drowning canvases.
When Neha Kirpal first mooted the idea of a fair called the India Art Summit, few insiders gave her much chance of making it a success. Sure, art fairs had become central to the trade across the globe in the course of the previous decade, but nobody had mastered the format in India. What hope did a twenty-eight-year-old who knew little about art have? The Summit began as a relatively small affair in Pragati Maidan. It was taken more seriously in its second year. By the third, no major Indian gallery could afford to ignore it.