1st Istanbul Design Biennial 2012

on Thursday, 13 December 2012. Posted in Art News, October, November, December

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Coinciding with its 40th anniversary, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) launched the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial under the theme of 'Imperfection', which took place from 13 October – 12 December 2012. The first Istanbul Design Biennial has adopted this theme at the suggestion of Mr Deyan Sudjic, a member of its advisory board who is the Director of the Design Museum in London.

According to Özlem Yalım Özkaraoğlu, the Istanbul Design Biennial director, the design and creative industries have become more important in Turkey over the last 10 years, resulting in a need for a local biennial for the local design community.

The growth of Turkey’s economy has highlighted the importance of innovation and design, and at the same time stimulated the development of creative industries. One of the Biennial’s primary goals is to raise awareness of Turkey’s creative potential on an international level.
Featuring urban design, architecture, industrial, graphic, fashion and new media design, alongside relevant creative products and projects, the Biennial hosted over 100 projects by nearly 300 designers and architects from 46 countries, in two main exhibitions curated by Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima.

'Musibet', hosted by the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, was curated by Emre Arolat. The show was divided into two sub-exhibits: 'the Aestheticization of Context' and 'Anti-Context in Design along the Axis of the Grand Transformation', putting the spotlight on Istanbul’s current urban architecture and design. The exhibitions comprised more than 30 projects of 165 designers and architects, displaying multiple faces of grand urban transformations continuously being realized in Istanbul, as well as in other geographies.
Having taught at several universities, Arolat is a well-know figure of the Istanbul architecture and design world.

Joseph Grima’s 'Adhocracy' exhibition, curated in collaboration with Elian Stefa, Ethel Baraona Pohl, and Pelin Tan, was set up in the Galata Greek Primary School. The show focused on the contemporary design scene in the wake of a wave of social and technological revolutions in recent years and featured over 60 projects by 120 designers and architects.
Joseph Grima is a Milan-based architect, editor, writer and curator as well as the editor of Domus, the internationally renowned magazine of contemporary architecture.

The four-day conference 'Ideas City', organized with Audi Urban Future Initiative featured a series of workshops, a lecture by New York City Planning Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Planning Commission Amanda Burden, and the announcement of the winner of the second 'Audi Urban Future Initiative Award'.

For two months, the Design Biennial transformed Istanbul into a city of design, welcoming over 44,600 visitors of specific exhibitions and a total of 115,000 including parallel events. Part of the side events was an academy programme, workshop exhibitions, a seminar programme, film screenings and design walks.
Students of urban design, architecture, industrial design, new media design, and fashion from various universities in Istanbul, Ankara, and İzmir organized workshops, competitions, and special projects within the Biennial theme.

Adhocracy exhibition view
Exhibition View of Adhocracy

Stratigraphic Manufactury by Unfold
Stratigraphic Manufactury by Unfold, an Antwerp-based design group in operation. This project explores how 3D-printed objects created from identical digital files can be as varied and unique as hand-made objects. (Adhocracy Exhibition) Courtesy Kristof Vrancken/Unfold.

Augmented Structures v2.0 by Refik Anadol and Alper Derinbogaz
Augmented Structures v2.0 by Refik Anadol and Alper Derinbogaz (Musibet Exhibition)

Exhibitions View Musibet
Exhibition View Musibet. Courtesy Istanbul Design Biennial.

Turkish Art Market News II

on Tuesday, 30 October 2012. Posted in October

Turkish Art Market News I

Christie’s Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art Part I and II 23&24 October 2012

The 29 lot strong Part I sale at Christie’s October auction of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art totalled $3,640,100/AED 13,370,087 and was 96% sold.

The Sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art Part II realised a total of $2,260,250/AED8,295,1174, selling 88% by value.

Ramazan Bayrakoglu’s „Sandra“ sold for more than double of its estimated value for $92,500. Arzu Akgun’s „Model 1“ was sold way beyond its estimate of $6,000-$8,000 for a prize of $23,750.

Michael Jeha, Managing Director of Christie’s Middle East and Head of Sale, stated after the sale:
“The combined total for this, our 12th season in the Middle East, is an encouraging indication of the continuing maturity and long term strength within this market. The strong selling rate tonight of 93% shows that this was the right decision and the market is ready for this next step. It is really encouraging to see this market continue to flourish and to encourage the next generation of artists and bidders. About a fifth of the artists represented in the part II sale tonight were being sold at auction for the first time and were under 35.”

Ramazan Bayrakoglu, Sandra
Ramazan Bayrakoglu (b. 1966), Sandra, 2012, industrial acrylic on plexiglas, 183 x 280cm. Sold for $92,500 (Estimate: $30,000 - $35,000). Photo: Christie’s

Arzu Akgun, Model 1
Arzu Akgun (b. 1970), Model 1, 2012, mixed media on wooden panel, 160 x 170cm. Sold for $23,750 (Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000). Photo: Christie’s

New world record for Fahrelnissa Zeid

A fabulous collection of paintings by Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991), work previously unknown, was sold in Bonhams Indian and Islamic art sale on 2 October 2012. The sale achieved a total of £2,021,838.

The collection of works by the Princess came to light when a former employee of the family unearthed a box containing over 150 sketches, drawings, canvases, notebooks and letters, given to him when the artist moved residences. Many of the works greatly exceeded their pre-sale estimates.

The late Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid, (1901 – 1991) was a Turkish artist whose work blended the elements of Islamic and Byzantine art with western influences. She married into the Hashemite royal family of Iraq and is the mother of Prince Ra'ad, the claimant to the Iraqi throne.

Many of the works greatly exceeded their pre-sale estimates. A new world record for works on paper was achieved for this artist by "Hotel Meguerditch Tokatlian at Therapia Bay", an ink and watercolour on card, selling for £26,000 on an estimate of £3,000-5,000.

Works on canvas performed exceptionally as well with paintings of Istanbul scenes including Emin Efendi Lokantasi achieving £217,000, Boats on the Bosphorus achieving £133,000 and a portrait of Queen Aliyeh of Jordan Arabian Queen achieving £127,000.

Fahrelnissa was born in Istanbul into a prominent Ottoman family. Her father was the brother of the Grand Vizier and her mother was from an artistic family in Crete, sister of the author of the Fisherman of Halicarnassus.

She was then one of the first women to attend the Fine Arts Academy (Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi) in Istanbul and later in Paris at the Academie Ranson.

Fahrelnissa Zeid, Emin Efendi Lokantasi
Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-91), Emin Efendi Lokantasi, oil on canvas, 66 x 122 cm. Sold for £217,250 inc. Premium. Photo: Bonhams.

Fahrelnissa Zeid, Emin Efendi Lokantasi
Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991), Boats on the Bosphorus, oil on canvas, framed 71 x 91 cm. Sold for £133,250 inc. Premium. Photo: Bonhams.

Fahrelnissa Zeid, Arabian Queen
Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-91), Arabian Queen, oil on canvas, 91.5 x 71 cm. Sold for £127,250 inc. Premium. Photo: Bonhams.

Fahrelnissa Zeid, Hotel Meguerditch Tokatlian
Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-91), Hotel Meguerditch Tokatlian at Therapia Bay on the Bosphorus, ink and watercolour on cardboard, 46 x 59 cm. Sold for £32,450 inc. Premium. Photo: Bonhams.

Turkish Artists at Frieze 2012

on Saturday, 20 October 2012. Posted in October

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Turkish artist Cengiz Çekil exhibited at Frieze Masters, a special fair featuring art ranging from the ancient era and old masters to work created during the 20th century, organized by Frieze at Gloucester Green in London’s Regent’s Park. (11-14 October 2012)

Çekil’s works “Towards Childhood, Since Childhood” and “Things” were exhibited at the Spotlight part of the fair, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, the curator of 12th Istanbul Biennial.

Rampa Gallery presented Nevin Aladağ, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Vahap Avşar, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Cengiz Çekil, İnci Furni, Leyla Gediz, Hatice Güleryüz, Selma Gürbüz, Nilbar Güreş, Servet Koçyiğit, Ahmet Oran, Güçlü Öztekin and Erinç Seymen at Frieze 2012.

NON was also among the participating galleries at Frieze Frame, the section of the fair dedicated to galleries established less than six years ago and selected on the basis of a proposed solo stand, with Güneş Terkol. Turkish artist Aslı Çavuşoğlu showed her commissioned work in Frieze Projects, titled “Murder in Three Acts,” which was inspired by the representation of art in popular media, particularly in television crime shows where the artwork does not solely exist in the background of the show, but becomes a vital part of the script. Çavuşoğlu’s exhibition functions as crime scenes and art works act as murder weapons.

As the imagining of the decision-making process behind props based on representations of forensic science and art “Murder in Three Acts” is structured as a real-time performance involving a professional crime drama crew and actors. An ‘exhibition’ scene from a presumed crime drama was being discussed and rehearsed transparently during the opening hours of Frieze London as part of the work. The project draws links between the role of evidence in a televised crime scene set and real artwork.

Cengiz Çekil, Things
Cengiz Çekil, Things, 1998, 144 burned coca-cola cans, iron bar, costruction. At Frieze Masters. Photo: Rampa

Cengiz Çekil, Towards Childhood, Since Childhood
Cengiz Çekil, Towards Childhood, Since Childhood, 1974, coca-cola bottles, triple battery, string, tree branch, bulb, cable, electric tape, 34 x 10 x 10 (each). At Frieze Masters. Photo: Rampa

Guneş Terkol, Dreams on the River
Güneş Terkol, Dreams on the River, 2011, embroidery on fabric, 215×286 cm. At Frieze Frame.

Asli Cavusoglu, Murder in Three Acts
Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Murder in Three Acts, 2012 at Frieze Projects.

Demo Image

Aslı Çavuşoğlu, talking about Murder in Three Acts, 2012 at Frieze Projects. Video: VernissageTV.

Turkish Artists at Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris

on Saturday, 03 November 2012. Posted in October, November, December

Turkish Artists at Frieze London 2012

From 10 October 2012 until 6 January 2013 the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris is showing an exhibition focusing on the Turkish contemporary art scene with a selection of 11 conceptual artists from Turkey. Hervé Mikaeloff curated the exhibition titled “Journeys - Wanderings in Contemporary Turkey,” and brings both established and emerging artists together.

Each year, since its opening in 2006, Espace Louis Vuitton focuses on a different country’s art scene. After Russia, [South] Korea, Chile and Indonesia, they decided to explore Turkey's art scene in 2012.

Exhibited works are landscapes by Murat Akagündüz, Gözde Ilkin’s travel journal, maps by Murat Morova and Hale Tenger. Other artists exhibited are Ali Taptik and Ihsan Oturmak, Canan, Halil Altindere, Tayfun Serttas, Silva Bingaz and Ceren Oykut.

Exhibition View “Journeys-Wanderings in Contemporary Turkey,”
Exhibition View “Journeys - Wanderings in Contemporary Turkey,” Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris

Halil Altindere,
Halil Altindere, "No Man's Land," 2012. Courtesy the Arist and PILOT Galeri Istanbul.

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