SARKIS will represent Turkey at the 56th Venice Biennial in 2015

on Thursday, 07 August 2014. Posted in ---2014---, August, September

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A new installation by the influential artist Sarkis will be presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, to be held between 9 May and 22 November 2015. Curated by Defne Ayas, the presentation will take place at a dedicated new location at the Arsenale as recently secured by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) for the duration of 20 years from 2014 to 2034.

A graduate of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Sarkis had his first exhibition at the Istanbul Art Gallery in 1960. Throughout his career, Sarkis has worked with various mediums and has been, since the end of the 1960s, an icon of installation art in particular. His works have been shown worldwide in important art institutions, museums, and galleries, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Kunst-und-Ausstellungshalle, Bonn, Germany; the Louvre, Paris; the Bode Museum, Berlin; and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany. Sarkis was also part of When Attitudes Become Form: Works - Concepts - Processes - Situation - Information (Kunsthalle Bern, 1969), Documenta VI and VII (Kassel, 1977 and 1982), and the biennials of Sydney, Shanghai, São Paulo, Moscow, and Istanbul. Recently, Sarkis has had solo shows at Galeri Manâ (Istanbul, 2013), Arter (Istanbul, 2013), the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2012); Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, 2011 and 2014), MAMCO, Museum of Contemporary Art (Geneva, 2011), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2010), and the Istanbul Modern (2009). He has been living and working in Paris since 1964.

The curator of the pavilion, Defne Ayas, has been the director and curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, since 2012. Prior to coming to Witte de With, Ayas was the founding co-director of Arthub Asia in Shanghai (2007-) and founding co-curator of the Blind Dates Project, an artistic platform dedicated to tackling what remains of the people, places, and cultures that were once part of the Ottoman Empire. Since 2005 she has been a curator at Performa, the biennial of performance art in New York. In September 2012, Ayas co-curated the 11th edition of the Baltic Triennial of International Art, to great acclaim. Ayas was the education and new media programs coordinator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York before attending the De Appel curatorial program in Amsterdam. She received an MA from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University in 2003, and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1999.

The Advisory Board consists of the artist Ali Kazma, Burcu Pelvanoğlu, associate professor of Art History at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts; Cristiana Perrella, independent curator and art critic; Lewis Johnson, Associate Professor in history and theory of art and visual culture, Bahçeşehir University; and Zerrin İren Boynudelik, Yıldız Technical University art and design faculty member.

The Pavilion of Turkey at la Biennale di Venezia is coordinated and organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), sponsored by Fiat, and realised under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey.

The 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia will run from 9 May through 22 November 2015 and will be curated by Okwui Enwezor.

Sarkis

Sarkis, Photo: Courtesy of Sarkis

Sarkis, Gökkusak, Photo: Courtesy of Sarkis

Sarkis, Gökkusak, Photo: Courtesy of Sarkis

RODEO opens a branch in London

on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in ---2014---, September

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Istanbul-based gallery RODEO will be opening their new gallery space in central London on 11 October 2014. Their programme will start with two solo exhibitions titled Banu Cennetoğlu ‚Gentle Madness’ and Tamara Henderson ‚Charmer Scripture.’ The gallery also represents the artists Ian Law, Emre Hüner, Iman Issa and two nominees for this year’s Turner Prize—Cardiff-born James Richards and the Irish artist Duncan Campbell, who presented work in the Scottish pavillion at last year’s Venice Biennial.

The gallery will be located at at 123 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EW.

RODEO Gallery London under construction, September 2014
RODEO Gallery London under construction, September 2014

Elipsis Gallery leaves Istanbul

on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in ---2014---, September

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After seven years, Elipsis Gallery’s Istanbul branch, which has grown to become the cultural destination for many photography lovers in the city, is closing to focus on other ventures and pursue new projects in London.

Elipsis gallery represented an excellent array of photography arists including Seza Bali, Tulu Bayar, Olaf Otto Becker, Michel Comte, David Drebin, Gilbert Garcin, Özant Kamacı, Michael Kenna, Ferit Kuyas Jose Maria Mellado, Isabel Munoz, Metehan Özcan, Civan Özkanoğlu, Yusuf Sevinçli, Karen Stuke, Serkan Taycan, Christopher Thomas and Michael Wolf.

An ellipsis is the three dots (…) that follow an incomplete statement. Sinem Yoruk, founder of Elipsis, chose the name to reflect her desire to leave visitors speechless. She did an amazing job and the parting of this gallery means a big loss for Istanbul.

Fine art printing lab 'Atelier Elipsis' Istanbul will continue its business as usual.

Editions IV
Exhibition View of 'Editions IV 'Parallel Realities'' at Elipsis Gallery Istanbul, 2014. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Exhibition View of Michel Comte 'Fame' at Elipsis Gallery Istanbul, 2013
Exhibition View of Michel Comte 'Fame' at Elipsis Gallery Istanbul, 2013. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Exhibition View of Sahin Kaygun 'Hidden Face' at Elipsis Gallery Istanbul, 2013
Exhibition View of Şahin Kaygun 'Hidden Face' at Elipsis Gallery Istanbul, 2013. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Marcel Broodthaers Exhibition in Istanbul

on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in ---2014---, September

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AKBANK SANAT is hosting an exhibition titled 'Words, Things and Concepts,' showcasing works by Belgian poet, photographer, film-maker and artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976). Associated with the Groupe Surréaliste revolutionnaire, Broodthaers used diverse media to determine a relationship between objects and their perceived images, symbologies and meanings. The show, curated by Prof. Dr. Hasan Bülent Kahraman, will be on view from 25 September - 29 November.

Marcel Broodthaers Exhibition at Akbank Sanat Istanbul

Left: Marcel Broodthaers, Miroir d'Époque Regency (Regency Period Mirror), 1973
Middle: Marcel Broodthaers, Cathédrale, 1969
Right: Marcel Broodthaers, Bouteille de Lait (Milk Bottle), 1973
Photos: Dirk Pauwels © S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent


Born in 1924 in Brussels, Belgium, Broodthaers made his first film in 1957, and from 1967 he produced over 50 short films in documentary, narrative, and experimental styles.

Broodthaers worked principally with assemblies of found objects and collage, often containing written texts. He incorporated written language in his art and used whatever was at hand for his raw materials—most notably the shells of eggs and mussels, but also furniture, clothing, garden tools, household gadgets and reproductions of artworks.

He is associated with the late 20th century global spread of both installation art, as well as ‚institutional critique,’ in which interrelationships between artworks, the artist, and the museum are a focus.

From 1969 he mainly lived in Düsseldorf, Berlin and finally London. He died in Cologne in 1976.

Marcel Broodthaers Exhibition at Akbank Sanat Istanbul

Marcel Broodthaers, Le Pense Bête, 1964
Photo: Dirk Pauwels © S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent

Moving Museum arrives in Istanbul

on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in ---2014---, September

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The Moving Museum, a global traveling art project that seeks to re-define the relationship between local art scenes and global practitioners, has launched its third and most ambitious iteration in Istanbul. Establishing a three-month international residency programme from August to October 2014, the museum is hosting 36 artists, marking the largest coordinated influx of international resident artists in Istanbul’s recent memory. The project includes 12 artists from Turkey that serve as a foundation to the period of intensive dialogue, featuring a curated public programme of events, talks, workshops, lectures and performances. The residency will culminate in a major exhibition launch at the end of October as a means of articulating the artists’ new experiences and practices.

Moving Museum Villa, Istanbul

Residency artists' projects include Ben Schumacher's attempt to dive to the bottom of the Black Sea unearthing Ottoman Telegraph cables; Mai-Thu Perret' collaboration with a Kilim workshop in the eastern city of Van; Hale Tenger's series of ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ workshops; Ming Wong's culmination of his long term research project on Turkish pop icon Bulent Ersoy with a final performance as Bulent Wongsoy; Jumana Manna's beginning of researching her film into the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and across the border; Anne De Vries' plan of a city- wide engagement with surveillance systems; Michael Staniak’s virtual residency from Australia inviting local artists to work together; Tobias Madison and Flavio Merlo and Bea Schlingelhoff's realisation of a collaborative fashion line inspired by the legends of female pirates in the Mediterranean.

The residency is headquartered in Ark Kultur, a historic 1940's three-story modernist Villa in Cihangir, transformed to serve as the centre of public engagement and dialogue, including a communal workspace, photo studio, small exhibition area, multipurpose workshop and dining room, reading room, and discussion pit conceived and designed by local artist and designer Berkut Ay Gunel. Artists are being housed in apartments throughout the central district of Beyoglu with studios in the Golden Horn area, provided within the historic community of Caferiye Han, in continual use since it was built by Persian merchants in the 19th Century. The Moving Museum Istanbul is being supported by Founding Partner The Vinyl Factory in London.

Jeremy Bailey

FULL ARTIST LIST

Amalia Ulman, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Anne De Vries, Aslı Çavusoglu, Bea Schlingelhoff, Ben Schumacher, Burak Delier, Daniel Keller, David Douard, Elmas Deniz, Emanuel Rossetti, Ethan Cook, Flavio Merlo, George Henry Longly, Günes Terkol, Haig Aivazian, Hale Tenger, Hannah Perry, Harm van den Dorpel, Ha Za Vu Zu, Helga Wretman, Hito Steyerl, Ilja Karilampi, Iz Öztat, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jeremy Bailey, Joe Hamilton, Jon Rafman, Jonas Lund, Jumana Manna, Lara Ögel, Larissa Sansour, Leyla Gediz, Mai-Thu Perret, Michael Staniak, Ming Wong, N Dash, Nilbar Güreş, Oliver Osborne, Özlem Altın, Peles Empire, Phillip Zach, Rafaël Rozendaal, Timur Si Qin, Tobias Madison, Volkan Aslan, Zach Blas.

Moving Image Istanbul - Programme

on Tuesday, 10 June 2014. Posted in June, ---2014---, July, September

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Moving Image, founded in 2011, is an art fair dedicated to video art and experimental film. Moving Image Istanbul is the first in a series of new locations for the flagship fairs in New York and London, designed to bring video art to a wider audience and help participating galleries explore emerging markets around the globe. Taking place in the Kuleli Building of the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, September 25-28, 2014 the fair will run alongside another new high end art fair in town - ArtInternational.

Highlights of the 2014 Istanbul fair include several world premieres, including videos by Şener Özmen (PİLOT Gallery, Istanbul); Jonathan Monaghan (Curator's Office, Washington DC); Shaun Gladwell (Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City); and Nancy Atakan & Volkan Aslan (5533, Istanbul). Single-channel videos at the fair include works by Nino Cais (Central Galeria de Arte, Sao Paulo); Chen Tianzhuo (Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai), and Mounir Fatmi (Galerie Analix Forever, Paris). Among the historical films in the fair are works by David Wojnarowicz (P•P•O•W, New York) and Leslie Thornton (Winkleman Gallery, New York). Several large installations include works by Wolfgang Staehle (Postmasters, New York); Hans Op de Beeck (Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York); Basim Magdy (artSümer, Istanbul); and Sue de Beer (Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York).

Programme

Thursday, 25 September

2-5pm VIP preview of Moving Image Istanbul 2014
By invitation only.

5-9pm Moving Image Vernissage
FREE and open to the public.


Friday, 26 September

4-5.30pm Collectors Roundtable with Sabine Brunckhorst (Germany), Haro Cumbusyan (Turkey), Robert Bielecki (US), and Saruhan Dogan (Turkey). Moderated by Edward Winkleman.
Moving Image Gallerist Lounge
Free and open to the public. Seats are limited.


Saturday, 27 September

4-5.30pm Artist screening and Q&A Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, and art historian/arts writer Nicole O’Rourke in conversation with emerging artist Atalay Yavuz. This intimate talk will be accompanied by a screening.
Moving Image Gallerist Lounge
Free and open to the public. Seats are limited.

7-10.30pm “Bring Your Own Beamer” @ Pera Museum Emerging video artists, curated by Fatma Çolakoğlu and Ulya Soley
Open to the public.
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65, 34443 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu + 90 212 334 99 00 www.peramuzesi.org.tr


Sunday, 28 September

2-3.30pm Round table discussion organized by Sanatatak
Ege Berensel, Derya Yücel, Yasemin Özcan, Ulya Soley moderated by Melis Tezkan
Moving Image Gallerist Lounge
Free and open to the public. Seats are limited.

Moving Image New York 2014
Moving Image New York 2014. Photo: Etienne Frossard

Participating artists / Galleries & Non-Profit Institutions [as of September 1, 2014]

Nancy Atakan / Pi Artworks (Istanbul, Turkey)
Nancy Atakan & Volkan Aslan / 5533 (Istanbul, Turkey)
Nino Cais / Central Galeria de Arte (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Rob Carter / Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York, NY)
Chen Tianzhuo / Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai, China)
Sue de Beer / Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY)
Sirma Doruk / Mixer (Istanbul, Turkey)
Chris Doyle / Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
Mounir Fatmi / Galerie Analix Forever (Paris, France)
Shaun Gladwell / Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City, CA)
Florian Japps / Rockelmann & (Berlin, Germany)
Gizem Karakaş / Moving Image Presents (New York, NY)
Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev / Winkleman Gallery (New York)
Elena Kovylina / Galerie Analix Forever (Paris, France)
Dinh Q. Le / Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
HeeWon Lee / Galerie Dix9 (Paris, France)
Rollin Leonard / TRANSFER (Brooklyn, NY)
Basim Magdy / artSümer (Istanbul, Turkey)
Jonathan Monaghan / Curator's Office (Washington DC)
Hans Op de Beeck / Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY)
Serkan Özkaya / Postmasters (New York, NY)
Şener Özmen / PİLOT (Istanbul, Turkey)
Bongsu Park / Rosenfeld Porcini (London, UK)
Zeyno Pekünlü / Sanatorium (Istanbul, Turkey)
Wolfgang Staehle / Postmasters (New York, NY)
Kurt Stallaert / Pavleye Art & Culture (Prague, Czech Republic)
Leslie Thornton / Winkleman Gallery (New York, NY)
Allard van Hoorn / Galerie Esther Donatz (Munich, Germany)
Susanne Wagner / Galerie Jo van de Loo (Munich, Germany)
David Wojnarowicz / P·P·O·W (New York, NY)

The Pavilion of Turkey presents Respiro by SARKIS

on Thursday, 05 March 2015. Posted in March, ---2015---

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Respiro, an installation by the influential conceptual artist Sarkis, is presented in the Pavilion of Turkey at the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia.

'In Respiro, I will be reaching out beyond geopolitics, to a more expansive context of a million plus years, going back to the creation of the universe and the beginning of time, back to the first-ever rainbow—the very first magical breaking point of light. Instead of binding ourselves to specific instances within the histories of politics, religion, philosophy, and the arts, we will be embracing contemporaneity of both the present and the distant past in our continued attempt to defy stagnation.'—Sarkis, 10 February 2015

The installation will be on exhibit at the biennale from 9 May through 22 November 2015. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the Pavilion of Turkey is curated by Defne Ayas and is located at Sale d’Armi, Arsenale, in the main venue of the biennale.

A graduate of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Sarkis had his first exhibition at the Istanbul Art Gallery in 1960. Throughout his career, Sarkis has worked with various mediums and has been, since the end of the 1960s, an icon of installation art in particular. His works have been shown worldwide in important art institutions, museums, and galleries, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Kunst-und-Ausstellungshalle, Bonn, Germany; the Louvre, Paris; the Bode Museum, Berlin; and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany. Sarkis was also part of When Attitudes Become Form: Works - Concepts - Processes - Situation - Information (Kunsthalle Bern, 1969), Documenta VI and VII (Kassel, 1977 and 1982), and the biennials of Sydney, Shanghai, São Paulo, Moscow, and Istanbul. Recently, Sarkis has had solo shows at Galeri Manâ (Istanbul, 2013), Arter (Istanbul, 2013), the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2012); Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, 2011 and 2014), MAMCO, Museum of Contemporary Art (Geneva, 2011), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2010), and the Istanbul Modern (2009). He has been living and working in Paris since 1964.

The curator of the pavilion, Defne Ayas, has been the director and curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, since 2012. Prior to coming to Witte de With, Ayas was the founding co-director of Arthub Asia in Shanghai (2007-) and founding co-curator of the Blind Dates Project, an artistic platform dedicated to tackling what remains of the people, places, and cultures that were once part of the Ottoman Empire. Since 2005 she has been a curator at Performa, the biennial of performance art in New York. In September 2012, Ayas co-curated the 11th edition of the Baltic Triennial of International Art, to great acclaim. Ayas was the education and new media programs coordinator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York before attending the De Appel curatorial program in Amsterdam. She received an MA from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University in 2003, and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1999.

The Advisory Board consists of the artist Ali Kazma, Burcu Pelvanoğlu, associate professor of Art History at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts; Cristiana Perrella, independent curator and art critic; Lewis Johnson, Associate Professor in history and theory of art and visual culture, Bahçeşehir University; and Zerrin İren Boynudelik, Yıldız Technical University art and design faculty member.

The 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia will run from 9 May through 22 November 2015 and will be curated by Okwui Enwezor.

Installation View of 'Respiro' by Sarkis at the 56th Venice Biennial 2015. Photo: Kirsten de Graaf

Opening of 'Respiro' by Sarkis at the 56th Venice Biennial 2015. Photo: Kirsten de Graaf

Installation View of 'Respiro' by Sarkis at the 56th Venice Biennial 2015. Photo: André Morin

Installation View of 'Respiro' by Sarkis at the 56th Venice Biennial 2015. Photo: André Morin

Installation View of 'Respiro' by Sarkis at the 56th Venice Biennial 2015. Photo: André Morin

Installation View of 'Respiro' by Sarkis at the 56th Venice Biennial 2015. Photo: André Morin

Installation View of 'Respiro' by Sarkis at the 56th Venice Biennial 2015. Photo: André Morin

Installation View of 'Respiro' by Sarkis at the 56th Venice Biennial 2015. Photo: André Morin

Rampa at Frieze New York

on Saturday, 03 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

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Istanbul based gallery Rampa will participate in Frieze New York, taking place from 9-12 May this year. On show will be works by CANAN, Nevin Aladağ, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Vahap Avşar, Ergin Cavuşoğlu, Cengiz Çekil, Hatice Güleryüz, Selma Gürbüz, Nilbar Güreş, Gülsün Karamustafa, Servet Koçyigit, Ahmet Oran, Güçlü Öztekin and Erinç Seymen. You can visit the gallery at Booth B14 at Randall’s Island Park New York.

Frieze ferry services run from the 35th Street Ferry Dock on the East River every 20-30 minutes during fair opening hours. Frieze bus services run from outside the Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets approximately every 10 minutes during fair opening hours.

Nilbar Güreş
Nilbar Güreş, Cloth-Skirt, 2011, photography, 180 x 120 cm. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Rampa

Cengiz Çekil, Waxings
Cengiz Çekil, Waxings, 1999, 50 x 50 cm each. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Rampa

Gülsün Karamustafa
Gülsün Karamustafa, Talisman, 2013, mixed media, 103 x 58 cm. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Rampa

Demsa Collection hires Zaha Hadid

on Sunday, 04 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

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About 15 years ago Demet and Cengiz Çetindoğan started to build up the Demsa Collection, which officially became part of Demsa Group in 2006 and today is in the process of being transformed into a public museum.

The architectural project for the Demsa Museum has been developed by Zaha Hadid, one of the most acclaimed architects of our times. In her design, Hadid reinterpreted Turkish architectural forms such as the muqarnas and the stars in a modern way. The project is being realised in collaboration with GCAM and Thomas Krens, former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York City, who is currently overseeing the completion of the Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

One part of the Demsa Collection comprises works of Calligraphy and includes works dating from the ninth to the mid twentieth century and is the largest such private collection in Turkey. The second part consists of classical, modern and contemporary works of Turkish art, starting with 19th century Turkish paintings with first examples of canvas painting. With over 2000 artworks, Demsa Collection is the first private collection in Turkey to portray the evolution and development of Turkish art history with exemplary works from artists with masterpieces from different periods. The third part of the collection is newly formed with international contemporary acquisitions.

The museum is scheduled to open its doors at the end of 2015.

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan at Delfina Foundation

on Monday, 05 May 2014. Posted in May, ---2014---

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Hera Büyüktaşçıyan was recently invited to participate at the Delfina Foundation Residency in London in summer 2014.

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan was born in Istanbul in 1984 with Greek-Armenian heritage. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Marmara University in 2006. Since then, she has held several solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. Her work relates to questions of identity, belonging, xenophobia, socio-cultural themes and self memory. She uses metaphors from iconographic elements, stories, quotes and self narratives.

In 2013, Büyüktaşçıyan was nominated for the Turkish finalist of Henkel Art Award 2013. She currently lives and works in Istanbul.

Founded in 2007, Delfina Foundation promotes cross-cultural dialogue and artistic experimentation creating opportunities for emerging and established artists, curators and writers to reflect on what they do, position their practice within relevant global discourse, create career-defining research and commissions, and network with colleagues. They forge international collaborations to build shared platforms to incubate, to present and to discuss common practices and themes.

Hera Buyuktasciyan at Delfina Foundation
Hera Buyuktasciyan. Photo: Courtesy Hera Buyuktasciyan

Galeri Manâ Closes its Tophane Location

on Friday, 10 October 2014. Posted in ---2014---

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Launched in 2011, by Mehveş Arıburnu and Suzanne Egeran, in a beautifully converted 19th-century wheat mill in the backstreets of Karaköy, Galeri Manâ is closing its Tophane location in November 2014. The gallery’s name comes from the Turkish word mana, meaning ‘concept’, and true to its name, the shows at Manâ were mainly conceptual.

Artists represented by the gallery include the celebrated Armenian Turkish-born artist Sarkis; the photographic-artist duo Barbara and Zafer Baran, Ayşe Erkmen, who produces site-specific installations and represented Turkey at the 2011 Venice Biennale; the Berlin-based artist Alexander Wagner, as well as Turkish artists Abbas Akhavan, Deniz Gül and Hera Büyüktaşçıyan.

Further details will be announced by the gallery soon.

Galeri Mana, exhibition view Hera Büyüktasciyan, The land across the blind, May 2014

Galeri Mana, exhibition view Hera Büyüktasciyan, The land across the blind, May 2014

Galeri Mana, exhibition view Hera Büyüktasciyan, The land across the blind, May 2014

Galeri Mana, exhibition view Hera Büyüktasciyan, The land across the blind, May 2014

Galeri Mana, exhibition view Hera Büyüktasciyan, The land across the blind, May 2014

Galeri Mana, exhibition view Hera Büyüktasciyan, The land across the blind, May 2014

Armory Focus: Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean

on Wednesday, 14 January 2015. Posted in January , ---2015---

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Taking place from 5-8 March, the curated section of The Armory Show on Pier 94 highlights the gallery and artistic landscape of a chosen geographic region. For the sixth Focus edition in 2015, Omar Kholeif, Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, will curate Armory Focus: Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean (“Focus: MENAM”). Examining contemporary cultural and artistic practice from this dynamic part of the world, Focus: MENAM will present an exciting selection of gallery presentations as well as not-for-profit institutions, site-specific projects, and a dedicated symposium. Istanbul based galleries Galerist (Nil Yalter), NON (Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Meriç Algün Ringborg) and Pi Artworks (Susan Hefuna) are part of the section.

Armory Show Focus MENAM 2015

14th Istanbul Biennial - Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms

on Wednesday, 14 January 2015. Posted in January , ---2015---

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The title and framework of the 14th Istanbul Biennial, drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev with a number of alliances, was announced in September 2014. The biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), will be open to the public from 5 September to 1 November 2015 and will be a city-wide exhibition held in a variety of different venues.

Concept

“Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms. The 14th Istanbul Biennial looks for where to draw the line, to withdraw, to draw upon, and to draw out. It does so offshore, on the flat surfaces with our fingertips but also in the depths, underwater, before the enfolded encoding unfolds. This international exhibition of art will present new works by over fifty visual artists and other practitioners, including oceanographers and neuroscientists, in a city-wide project on the Bosphoros that considers different frequencies and patterns of waves, the currents and densities of water, both visible and invisible, that poetically and politically shape and transform the world. With and through art, we mourn, commemorate, denounce, try to heal, and we commit ourselves to the possibility of joy and vitality, leaping from form to flourishing life.” (Christov-Bakargiev)

Programme

Also participating in the programme of the conference are İKSV Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı, General Manager Görgün Taner and Istanbul Biennial Director Bige Örer. Following a welcome by Bige Örer, the exhibition “drafter” Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev announces the title “Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms. The 14th Istanbul Biennial” and gives brief information about the conceptual framework of the exhibition. The media conference continues with the screening of Tide Table (2003) by William Kentridge, and an excerpt from Pink Boat (1993 / video 2014) by Füsun Onur, and concludes with a reading in Italian by Nanni Balestrini of his short novel Carbonia (2009-2010, published 2012), also read in English by Christov-Bakargiev and in Turkish by Münevver Çelik from Otonom Publishing. The reading of the full text of Carbonia continues from 9 pm onwards on Wednesday, 10 September with the attendance of the author at Otonom, who recently published the book in Turkish.

Alliances

For the 14th Istanbul Biennial, Christov-Bakargiev has been seeking the artistic advice of Cevdet Erek, the intellectual rigor of Griselda Pollock, the sensitivity of Pierre Huyghe, the curatorial imagination of Chus Martínez, the mindfulness of Marcos Lutyens, the acute gaze of Füsun Onur, the political philosophies of Anna Boghiguian, the youthful enthusiasm of Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, and the wise uncertainties of William Kentridge. Manifold qualities and agencies come as the process develops. New qualities and alliances that have been recently made include the radical reading of Elvan Zabunyan, The extensive knowledge of the oceans of Emin Özsoy, the narrative possibilities of Aslı Çavuşoğlu, the expanding collections of Emre Hüner, the heartfelt relations of Merve Kılıçer, and the perception of beauty of Russell Storer.

The Istanbul Biennial advisory board members include Adriano Pedrosa, Başak Şenova, İnci Eviner, Iwona Blazwick, and Ute Meta Bauer.

14th Istanbul Biennial - Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms
Büyük Ada, August 18, 2014. Photo: Francis Alÿs

Last masterpiece by Ömer Uluç sold at Antik A.Ş

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‚Ölüdeniz,’ the last masterpiece by leading Turkish painter Ömer Uluç, who died in 2010, was sold for 950,000 Turkish Liras at the 283rd auction of the Antik A.Ş. Auction House held at Antik Palace in November 2014. The opening price for Uluç’s “Ölüdeniz” was 700,000 liras. Depicting the artist’s own life, the piece is one of the biggest (in size) masterpieces in Turkish art, measuring 250 x 880 cm.

Ömer Uluç, Ölüdeniz, 2009

Ömer Uluç, Ölüdeniz, 2009, acrylic on felt, 250x880cm

Asli Cavusoglu participates in the New Museum Triennial 2015

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A signature initiative of the New Museum, the Triennial is the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to early-career artists from around the world.

It provides an important platform for an emergent generation of artists that is shaping the discourse of contemporary art. The Triennial’s predictive, rather than retrospective, model embodies the institution’s thirty-seven-year commitment to exploring the future of culture through the art of today. The 2015 Triennial is organized by Lauren Cornell, Curator, 2015 Triennial, Museum as Hub, and Digital Projects at the New Museum, and the iconic artist Ryan Trecartin, who was featured in the inaugural 2009 Triennial.

This third iteration of the Triennial is titled “Surround Audience” and will feature fifty-one artists and artist collectives from over twenty-five countries; for many of the participants, this will be their first inclusion in a museum exhibition in the United States.

Cornell and Trecartin have worked together for nearly a decade and they each bring a shared passion for probing the social and psychological effects of digital technology. For Cornell, “Surround Audience” is inspired in part by Trecartin’s own artistic practice, which, as she describes, “vividly manifests a world in which the effects of technology and late capitalism have been absorbed into our bodies and altered our vision of the world.” A tension between the newfound freedoms and threats of today’s society animates and anchors “Surround Audience.”

We are surrounded by a culture replete with impressions of life, be they visual, written, or construed through data. We move through streams of chatter, swipe past pictures of other people’s lives, and frame our own experiences as, all the while, our digital trails are subtly captured, tracked, and stored. This is a culture in which the radical multimedia environments envisioned by pioneering artists like Nam June Paik and Stan VanDerBeek are being lived out every day, albeit with much more complexity and compromise. With these transformations in mind, “Surround Audience” explores how artists are currently depicting subjectivity, unpacking complex systems of power, and claiming sites of artistic agency.

While issues around social media provide a point of departure for the exhibition, it is not the platforms themselves that are the exhibition’s primary focus, but rather the ways their associated effects intersect with life. Among the many narratives and ideas emerging from the works, there are three recurring lines of inquiry: First, how representations of the body and persona have evolved in an image-laden culture in which surveillance is widely dispersed and editorializing one’s life in public is the norm; second, if it might be possible to opt out of or reframe the pressures of increasingly corporatized and invasive spaces; and third, how artists are striving to embed their works in the world around them through incursions into media and activism.

The exhibition encompasses a variety of artistic practices, including sound, dance, comedy, poetry, installation, sculpture, painting, video, and one online talk show. If there is any aesthetic link between these diverse works it is in their energetic mutability of form. Together, these works speak to a newfound elasticity in our understanding of what mediums constitute contemporary art. Here, paintings evolve out of 3-D models, digital images erupt into sculpture, and sound becomes action. This is a group of works that attests to how form is continuously converted across word, image, and medium.

New Museum Triennial 2015
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