March

Work by Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu on sale

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

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With an opening price of 800.000 TL, Antik A.Ş. will auction a work by the late Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu titled „Istanbul“ from the collection of the artist’s family on 7 March in Istanbul.

The auction will also feature works by Ali Avni Çelebi, Mübin Orhon, Fahrel Nisa Zeid, Nejat Melih Devrim, Hakkı Anlı, Albert Bitran, Abidin Dino and Avni Arbaş.

Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, 'İstanbul,' 1955, oil on canvas, 195 x 335 cm

Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, 'İstanbul,' 1955, oil on canvas, 195 x 335 cm

Ediboylu in front of the artwork. Photo: Archive of the artist's family

Ediboylu in front of the artwork. Photo: Archive of the artist's family

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

Alberto Giacometti at Pera Museum

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Pera Museum is hosting the first major exhibition of sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti in Turkey taking a retrospective approach. Organized in collaboration with the Giacometti Foundation, Paris, this exhibition explores Giacometti’s prolific life, most of which the artist led in his studio in Montparnasse, through the works of his early period as well his late work, including one unfinished piece.

Curated by Giacometti Foundation’s Director Catherine Grenier, the exhibition offers a chronological and thematic itinerary covering the two definitive periods of Alberto Giacometti’s life –before and after the Second World War- and touches upon his friendships with the leading artists and intellectuals of his period in Paris.

Devoted to Giacometti’s early works, the first part of the exhibition demonstrates the influence of Giovanni Giacometti, the father of the artist and a Swiss Post-Impressionist painter himself, on Giacometti’s output during these years and his role in his son’s development. The exhibition also illustrates Alberto Giacometti’s relations with Post-Cubist artists and the Surrealist movement between 1922 and 1935, one of the important sculptures series he created during his first years in Paris, and the critical role he played in the art scene of the period.

The second part of the exhibition brings together the artist’s key works from his mature period, most of which were made between 1950 and 1960, a time when the artist had altered his perception of the world and depicted reality not as it was but as he saw it. This was also the period when he focused on the human figure. As in his paintings, Giacometti worked nonstop on his sculptures, either from nature or from memory, trying to capture the universal facial expressions.

In the 60s, Giacometti paid homage to Paris, the city where he lived, by drawing its streets, cafés, and more private places like his studio and the apartment of his wife, Annette. These drawings would make up his last book, Paris sans fin (Paris Without End). A wide selection of lithographs from these drawings accompanies the exhibition, along with archival material (letters, sketches, publications) and a selection of photographs.

Istanbul Galleries at Art Dubai 2015

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Taking place from 18-21 March, this year's Art Dubai hosts Istanbul based galleries Sanatorium with works by Ahmet Doğu İpek and Pi Artworks with Susan Hefuna and Gulay Semercioğlu.

Taking place each year in March, Art Dubai presents a select yet diverse line-up of around 90 galleries from the UAE and around the world, across three programmes: Contemporary; Modern, devoted to masters from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia; and Marker, a curated section of artspaces that focuses each year on a particular theme or geography.

Art Dubai’s extensive not-for-profit programme includes a dynamic roster of commissioned projects, film and radio programmes; artists’ and curators’ residencies; educational initiatives for children through to professionals, including the year-round art school Campus Art Dubai; an annual exhibition of works by winners of The Abraaj Group Art Prize; and the critically-acclaimed Global Art Forum.

Over the last eight years, Art Dubai has become a cornerstone of the region’s booming contemporary art community. Recognised as one of the most globalised meeting points in the art world today, Art Dubai places an emphasis on maintaining its intimate, human scale while foregrounding quality and diversity.

Art Dubai is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group and is sponsored by Emaar and Julius Baer. Madinat Jumeirah is home to the event. Mashreq Private Banking is the exclusive partner of Art Dubai Modern. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is a strategic partner of Art Dubai, and supports the fair’s year-round education programme.

Ahmet Doğu İpek, Building Porn XII, 2014, watercolour on paper, 132x122cm. Photo: Courtesy of Sanatorium Gallery

Ahmet Doğu İpek, Building Porn XII, 2014, watercolour on paper, 132x122cm. Photo: Courtesy of Sanatorium Gallery

Susan Hefuna, Building series, 2014, bronze, black patina

Susan Hefuna, Building series, 2014, bronze, black patina. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Pi Artworks

Artists from Turkey at 56th Venice Biennale

on Friday, 06 March 2015. Posted in March, ---2015---

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Running from 9 May until 22 November 2015, the main exhibition of the 56th Biennale di Venezia titled 'All the World’s Futures,' curated by Okwui Enwezor, includes works by Meriç Algün Ringborg and Kutluğ Ataman. The exhibition is held at the Giardini della Biennale and at the Arsenale.
Ataman shows his 2011 video installation, Sakıp Sabancı, while Ringborg made an installation specifically for the biennial, titled 'Souvenirs for the Landlocked'.

Meriç Algün Ringborg (b.1983, Istanbul) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University, Istanbul (2007) and her MFA from Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2012). In her work, she employs a variety of media including printed matter, photography, sound and installation; mainly focusing on the themes of nationality, borders, translation, bureaucracy and home.

Kutluğ Ataman (b. 1961, Istanbul) is an acclaimed film-maker and contemporary artist. Ataman's works examine the ways in which people and communities create and rewrite their identities through self-expression, blurring the line between reality and fiction. More recently his works have focused on history and geography as man-made constructs.

Meric Algün Ringborg. Kutlug Ataman

Left: Meriç Algün Ringborg. Photo: Photo: Märta Thisner
Right: Kutluğ Ataman. Photo: Okan Bayülgen

Sakip Sabanci by Kutlug Ataman

Kutluğ Ataman, Sakıp Sabancı, 2011, video installation. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist and Sakıp Sabancı Museum

Meric Algun Ringborg, Souvenirs for the Landlocked, 2015

Meric Algun Ringborg, Souvenirs for the Landlocked, 2015, mixed media installation, 210× 720 × 600 cm. Photo: Alessandra Chemollo. Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia


Here is the full list of the 136 participating artists and collectives as published by the Biennial:

1. ABBOUD, Jumana Emil
b. 1971 Palestine, lives and works in Jerusalem

2. ABDESSEMED, Adel
b. 1971 Algeria, lives and works in London

3. ABONNENC, Mathieu Kleyebe
b. 1977 France, lives and works in Metz

4. ABOUNADDARA
founded 2010 Syria, based in Syria

5. ACHOUR, Boris
b. 1966 France, lives and works in Paris

6. ADKINS, Terry
b. 1953 - d. 2014, United States

7. AFIF, Saâdane
b. 1970 France, lives and works in Berlin

8. AKERMAN, Chantal
b. 1950 Belgium, lives and works in Paris

9. AKOMFRAH, John
b. 1957 Ghana, lives and works in London

10. AKPOKIERE, Karo
b. 1981 Nigeria, lives and works in Lagos and Berlin

11. AL SOLH, Mounira
b. 1978 Lebanon, lives and works in Beirut and Amsterdam

12. ALGÜN RINGBORG, Meriç
b. 1983 Turkey, lives and works in Stockholm

13. ALLORA, Jennifer & CALZADILLA, Guillermo
b. 1974 United States, b. 1971 Cuba, live and work in San Juan

14. ATAMAN, Kutlug
b. 1961 Turkey, lives and works in London

15. BAJEVIC, Maja
b. 1967 Bosnia, lives and works in Paris and Sarajevo

16. BALLESTEROS, Ernesto
b. 1963 Argentina, lives and works in Buenos Aires

17. BALOJI, Sammy
b. 1978 Democratic Republic of Congo, lives and works in Lubumbashi and Brussels

18. BARBA, Rosa
b. 1972 Italy, lives and works in Berlin

19. BASELITZ, Georg
b. 1938 Germany, lives and works in Munich

20. BASUALDO, Eduardo
b. 1977 Argentina, lives and works in Buenos Aires

21. BAUER, Petra
b. 1970 Sweden, lives and works in Stockholm

22. BESHTY, Walead
b. 1976 United Kingdom, lives and works in Los Angeles

23. BHABHA, Huma
b. 1962 Pakistan, lives and works in Poughkeepsie

24. BOLTANSKI, Christian
b. 1944 France, lives and works in Paris

25. BONVICINI, Monica
b. 1965 Italy, lives and works in Berlin

26. BOYCE, Sonia
b. 1962 United Kingdom, lives and works in London

27. BOYD, Daniel
b. 1982 Australia, lives and works in Sydney

28. BREY, Ricardo
b. 1955 Cuba, lives and works in Gent