Winners For 2014
  • Young Collector of the Year

    Anurag Khanna, Collector

    Why he won

    He is one of the few Indian art collectors whose collection includes primarily video works. Collecting Art since 2001, Mr Khanna efficiently devotes time for art, travels galleries, visits fairs and biennials. Some of the artists in his collection include: Nathalie Djuberg, Gerard Byrnes, Leigh Ledare, Tom Burr and Alejandro Cesarco.

  • Contemporary Gallery of the Year (Exhibiting young artists)

    Prateek & Priyanka Raja
    Founders, Gallery Experimenter

    Why they won

    Started by Prateek and Priyanka Raja, Experimenter highlights experimental and alternative artists from the entire South Asian sub continent and artists globally who have a South Asian connection to their practice. The gallery’s mission is to represent and support multidisciplinary work of young Indian and international artists.

  • Gallery of the Year

    Talwar Gallery
    Deepak Talwar
    Founder, Talwar Art gallery

    Why they won

    A contemporary gallery focusing on artists from the Indian subcontinent and its Diaspora. The ideological and visual spectra expressed through the gallery’s exhibitions in 2013 have been well received by the international media and major museums worldwide.

  • Not-for-Profit Art Initiative of the Year

    The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art
    Vidya Shivadas
    Director, Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art

    Why they won

    Encouraging and promoting innovative work in the field of the visual arts, offering annual awards, grants and fellowship for Indian Artists, creative practitioners and researchers in the field of visual arts.

  • Corporate Commitment to Art

    Mr Sanjay Reddy
    Founder Chairman & Managing Director of GVK

    Why they won

    Converting 4, 39,000 square meters of space at terminal 2 of the Mumbai International Airport into a large installation of art work of different mediums ornamenting it. The artists involved in the project are a mixture of local artisans and established artists.

  • Auction of the Year

    Sonal Singh
    Head of sales, Christies India

    Why they won

    Collection of works by Ram Kumar, Jamini Roy, MF Husain, Nalini Malani, Nasreen Mohamedi, Anju Dodiya, Arpita Singh, Nandalal Bose and Amrita Sheer-Gil were showcased in the First auction in India which was a historical moment for Christies making a total of Rs 96,59,37,500.

  • Emerging Curator of the Year

    Zasha Colah & Sumesh Sharma, Curators

    Why they won

    Founding Directors and curators at the Clark house Initiative, Zasha and Sumesh have recently worked on projects “Arranging Chairs for Ai Weiwei”, “Experiments with the Magyars”and the “Workshop Model”.

  • Exhibition of Indian art curated on an international stage

    Ram Rahman & Jessica Moss
    Ram Rahman
    Photojournalist, artist, activist and curator
    Jessica Moss, Curator

    Why they won

    Curated “The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activisn in India since 1989” at the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago which brought work of more than 60 artists showcasing two decades of contemporary Indian Art within the political sphere.

  • Art Writer of the Year

    Jyoti Dhar, Art writer

    Why she won

    An independent art writer and curator based in Delhi presently contributing editor for ArtAsiaPacifica and Harper’s Bazaar Art. Selected as a forum fellow of the Global Art Forum at Dubai in 2012.

  • Solo Show of the year – Debut

    Sahej Rahal, Artist

    Why he won

    A versatile artist, Rahal converts everything around him into a creative exploration. He is known to intersperse reality with illusion. He has collaborated and worked at international forums, both in India and abroad.

  • Contemporary Artist of the Year (Senior)

    Nasreen Mohamedi, Artist

    Why she won

    An artist best known for her line-based drawings, and considered one of the most essential modern artists from India. Mohamedi is considered one of the major figures of art of the 20th century

  • Contemporary Artist of the Year (Senior)

    Dr. Krishna Reddy, Artist

    Why he won

    Awarded the Padma Shree in 1972, Dr Reddy’s works can be found in several private and public collections, including the Victoria and Alber Museum, London, the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Albertina Museum, Vienna, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

  • Contemporary Artist of the Year (Mid Career)

    Subodh Gupta, Artist

    Why he won

    Gupta’s works are littered with references to past and presen experiences. His constructions weave highly eccentric imagining with public myths and rituals. Drawing mainly from everyday objects and scenarios, his aesthetic delineates the complex inter-relations of India’s urban and rural communities

  • Contemporary Artist of the Year (Young)

    Rohini Devasher, Artist

    Why she won

    Born in 1978, Rohini Devasher lives and works in New Delhi. Devasher’s artistic practice explores the interface between the underlying laws and processes that governgrowth and form in biological and physical systems and their mirroring in the digital domain.

  • Art Entrepreneur of the Year

    Neha Kirpal, Founder, India Art Fair

    Why she won

    Neha Kirpal is the founder and fair director of the India Art Fair,which started in 2008. Under her direction, India Art Fair continues to be one of the worlds most attended art fairs, with over 300,000 people attending it over five editions.

  • Art Initiative of the Year

    Google Art Project
    Amit Sood, Director, Google Cultural Institute and Founder Google Art Project

    Why they won

    An online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museum. Google launched the project on February 1, 2011, in cooperation with 17 museums.

  • Special Commendations

    Kochi Muziris Biennale
    Bose Krishnamachar, Artistic Director, Kochi Muziris Biennale
    Riyas Komu, Director of Programmes, Kochi Muziris Biennale

    Why they won

    Kochi-Muziris Biennale explores the possibilities of blurring the boundaries, in a geographical region where boundaries are blurred in a local and cosmopolitan way, where the surroundings offer inspiration by way of the character of the place one can exhibit in.