In the art business since 1993 when it was established, DAG is today India’s largest and best known repository of Indian modern art. Our definitive collection represents the expanse of Indian art practice over the 20th century, covering periods, styles, themes and artistic concerns. The collection showcases artists from early twentieth century, the range of significant modern practices from all significant art centres of the country, whether Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Baroda and the many centres of the south. While the focus is on the modern period, the DAG art collection also showcases the work of some of the most celebrated travelling European artists from the seventeenth century onward.

The gallery’s Indian modern art collection closely follows contemporary Western art movements, tracing thematic parallels. The DAG collection charts a historic continuum: from artists such as Raja Ravi Varma, early century academic artists trained in Bengal and Bombay, those as J. P. Gangooly, N. R. Sardesai and others. The modern period is led by those such as Amrita Sher-Gil, the Bombay Progressives, including the likes of F. N. Souza, M. F. Husain, S. H. Raza, K. H. Ara, associates as Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, Akbar Padamsee, V. S. Gaitonde or Tyeb Mehta; modernists from Bengal such as Ganesh Pyne, Chittaprosad, Ganesh Haloi, Bikash Bhattacharjee; significant modernists from Baroda, such as Gulammohammed Sheikh or Jyoti Bhatt; those from the south such as K. C. S. Paniker, Laxma Goud, P. T. Reddy or T. Vaikuntham, or names such as J. Swaminathan and Avinash Chandra. Our extensive collection provides a critical link for art lovers, academicians and researchers, to collectors and investors.

DAG has utilised this extensive collection to mount acclaimed artist retrospectives and thematic exhibitions noted for their historicity and rigour of research. These include first-ever retrospectives of artists such as Chittaprosad, Avinash Chandra, Rabin Mondal and G. R. Santosh; thematic exhibitions on art from Bengal and Santiniketan, those on the genres of landscapes, abstracts and mythological art, and those tracing the legacy of significant artist collectives such as the Progressive Artists’ Group and Group 1890. DAG participates in national and international art fairs of repute such as Art Dubai, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Stage Singapore, Masterpiece London and India Art Fair (New Delhi). Our presence at these venues has brought attention and awards for its innovative pavilion designs and curated presentation of select artworks. At the fairs, DAG has run a consistent programme of art outreach to school and college students and corporates, which includes the pioneering use of tactile aids that create access to art for the visually disabled.

DAG has its flagship gallery in Hauz Khas Village in New Delhi and a gallery space in Mumbai, in the historic Kala Ghoda area. It opened its first international location in New York in 2015, in the historic Fuller Building in Manhattan where it continues to hold exhibitions to great success. Expanding its global and national presence, DAG is committed to take Indian modernism to new audiences and present significant, historical world class exhibitions.

About the MD & CEO

Ashish Anand
Managing Director & CEO

Globally recognised as the largest collector of Indian modern art, Ashish Anand joined the company in 1996 to assist his mother with the task of running the gallery. Instead, he found himself drawn to investigating collections and studying artists’ studios. This included extensive travelling in India, often to places that were barely a pinprick on the map. Here, to his dismay, he found the works of master artists abandoned and ignored and in various stages of neglect. It was this that spurred the thought of acquiring these collections extensively, as much in recognition of the talent of these artists as of generating research and finding a place of eminence for them in the nation’s documentation of art history.

Towards this aim, he has extended the gallery in New Delhi, established newer ones in Mumbai and New York, participated in art fairs around the world, and promoted programming that includes curated exhibitions at its galleries, a rigorous research and publishing schedule that supports it, and various activities aimed at creating and disseminating knowledge and information about Indian modern art across different fora.

Based in New Delhi, Ashish Anand continues to support an active acquisitions programme for the gallery which, in turn, helps make its important and historic retrospectives and thematic exhibitions possible. Honoured by the India Today Group as the ‘Collector of the Year – 2017’, he hopes to continue to establish the métier of Indian art at outposts around the world, and is single-handedly responsible for many senior artists to have found a place of significance in the narrative history of Indian art.