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35 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012

8 Heddon Street
London W1B 4BU
+44 20.7734.7575

New York Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm.
London Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm.

Aicon Gallery's curatorial vision begins in India but reaches outwards internationally from there. The two gallery spaces are located in New York and London, and each provides a vital platform for artists based in the Indian Subcontinent to exhibit in the United States and Europe. Alongside in-depth, focused solo shows the galleries present a program of curated group exhibitions that are international in their scope and ambition.

Following recent debates in institutional curating, the program deliberately links together art produced very recently and art made through the latter half of the 20th century. Through this we aim to produce unexpected congruencies, shed light on other modernities, make complex the designation 'contemporary' and signal a shift away from simple survey exhibitions. In short, Aicon Gallery presents recent and contemporary art from India and beyond.

Aicon Gallery was developed from Gallery ArtsIndia, which was one of the first major outlets in the United State for art from India. Initially Gallery ArtsIndia connected collectors, critics and curators to artists in India via an on-line platform, and after the initial positive feedback, opened as a gallery space in New York in 2002. Aicon Gallery was launched when our second major space opened in London in 2007. The New York space shifted location to its new premises in the Lower East Side in 2008. The gallery has presented significant solo exhibitions of a number of artists - many of which have been their first major exhibitions outside the subcontinent. Solo shows have included G.R.Iranna, Bose Krishnamachari, Talha Rathore, Muhammed Zeeshan, Adeela Suleman and Atul Bhalla. It has also re-examined the oeuvres of artists working from the 1950s onwards, including F.N. Souza, M.F. Husain, K. Laxma Goud, S.H. Raza and Shyamal Dutta Ray. More recently the gallery has started participating in international art fairs such as Arco, Art Dubai, India Art Summit and Art Hong Kong and will be developing further participations going forward.

Museums and collections
In 2002 the gallery acquired a substantial part of the Herwitz collection, comprising of works collected over a 35 year period. This has enabled the gallery to curate in-depth solo presentations but also to contextualise a rich period in art production in India. This has been a particularly important task in light of the lack of a museum infrastructure within India. In part through this acquisition the gallery has been able to loan works to major exhibitions at Tate Britain, the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. The gallery has supported major museum presentations of art from South Asia - recent support has included the Serpentine Gallery, London, Asia Society, New York and a major presentation at the 2009 Venice Biennale. | Galleries | Aicon Gallery Main Gallery | Contact Aicon Gallery
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