As part of a collaborative exchange with Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai, New York-based Aicon Gallery presented its first exhibition in India, Delicate Bond of Steel. One of the highlights of the exhibition was Lahore-born, Vienna-based artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s ‘Hidden Diamond’. The installation is a laser-cut stainless steel cube with delicate patterns and a bulb inside, casting alluring shadow all over the space. Another stunning and similar installation of Agha’s is ‘All The Flowers Are For Me – Red’, which was part of her first major solo exhibition with Aicon Gallery, Walking With My Mother’s Shadow, in New York.
In solo shows, Aicon has shown the work of established artists such as M. F. Husain, F. N. Souza, Rasheed Araeen, Rachid Koraichi, Rekha Rodwittiya and S. H. Raza. The gallery has also presented ambitious solo shows of younger artists, such as Abdullah Syed, Abir Karmakar, Salman Toor, Adeela Suleman, and G. R. Iranna. Group shows have included Readymade: Contemporary Art from Bangladesh as well as Between Line and Matter: Impulse of Minimalism in South Asia and the Middle East. The gallery has collaborated with museums such as the Art Institute, Chicago; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Jewish Museum, New York and the Louvre, Abu Dhabi. Exhibitions have been reviewed and the gallery has been profiled by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, Art Asia Pacific, ArtForum and the Financial Times.