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Does it seem alive? Indians look at realistic sculpture in Delhi

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A visitors looks at "Woman and Child" by Sam Jinks during the opening night of the India Art Fair in New Delhi, India. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. The fair consists of work by more than one thousand artists from India and around the world and runs from January 26-29.

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A visitor (L) takes a close look at a sculpture by Australian artist Sam Jinks at the India Art Fair in New Delhi on January 25.

The UK's Guardian describes how the increasingly international art festival in Delhi is still uniquely Indian:

One problem remains India's notorious bureaucracy. Many exhibitors had brought works only to show rather than sell, to avoid risk paying punitive duties. Others complained that works had been damaged by customs officers. "It will get better as the art market develops but now you get the feeling there's no concept of 'fragile'," one said.

Beyond the international artists and dealers is a thriving experimental art scene in most major cities. Maskara represents Shine Shivan, from Kerala, in the south of India, who has created a series of vast works out of deer and cow dung.