The Art of Business and the Business of Art

Oct 02, 2015
03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
111 Chambers

Dr. Prajit Dutta, Columbia

Prajit K. Dutta is the Managing Partner in the Aicon group of companies (Aicon Galleries & Aicon Funds) that has included two galleries – Aicon, New York and Aicon, London and three private equity funds.  Aicon Galleries represents the top Indian artists including M F Husain, S H Raza, Tyeb Mehta and F N Souza as well as other leading Pan-Asian masters like Sadequain, Rasheed Araeen and Charles Hossein Zenderoudi.  Aicon has worked with major museums such as the Guggenheim, Art Institute, Chicago, Metropolitan Museum and the Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi.  The galleries have been profiled in the New York Times, Guardian, TIME and other leading news outlets.  Aicon Galleries is the home of the Herwitz Collection.  More information on its activities can be found at  Aicon Funds runs art funds, private equity vehicles that buy and sell art.

In 2014, the Aicon group launched two projects to provide affordable housing in India.  The projects are situated in Ahmedabad and Indore.  The company hopes to take the initiative nationwide.    

Prajit K. Dutta is also Professor of Economics at Columbia University where he has taught since 1987.  He is the author of Strategies and Games: Theory and Practice (MIT Press, 1999) and numerous research articles.  His research interests are in Game Theory and its Applications.  He is currently doing research in the Economics of Climate Change as well as on Asynchronous Games with applications to Bargaining and Foreign Aid.  He holds a PhD from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Delhi.

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