Call it Kismet. That may be the best way to describe the Visions of India exhibit now on view through the end of October at the gallery housing the Pizzuti Collection in Columbus, Ohio.
Ron Pizzuti, a real estate magnate, and his wife Ann, have been art collectors for 40 years, amassing in that time more than 2,000 pieces of contemporary art. In 2015, the Pizzutis transformed a 90-year old historical building in Columbus’s Short North Arts District into a three-story public gallery that displays temporary, rotating exhibits of art from their international collection.
The Indian art, however, might be Pizzuti’s newest acquisitions. “In 2007, Pizzuti met the artist Sudarshan Shetty, and was impressed by his vision of the world,” says Greer Pagano, who serves as chief curator for the Pizzuti Collection. Following that encounter, Pizzuti traveled to India—an experience he describes as “spiritual”—to look deeper into the contemporary art of that country.
At that time, many of the artists Pizzuti collected were unknown. Today, that’s no longer the case. Artists like Bharti Khar, Anish Kapoor, and Subodh Gupta appear regularly in Artprice’s list of Top 500 artists. Some of their work, in addition to the work of 23 other artists, makes up the 44 diverse pieces, ranging from sculpture to paintings to mixed media, that comprise the Visions of India exhibit.