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    15th Istanbul Biennial: 7 Works Not Be Missed

    15th Istanbul Biennial Top 7

    All the works at the 15th Istanbul Biennial are worth being seen; but some are definitely not to be missed. Here is our selection of the seven works from the biennial that are a must-see.


    Candeğer Furtun, İstanbul Modern

    The master’s installation Untitled (1994-96) consists of nine pairs of a man’s legs and a hand. The work isolating these limbs from their functions and from the whole body they are part of, is reminiscent of areas dominated by male energy and masculine rituals.

    Candeğer Furtun, İsimsiz.

    Candeğer Furtun, İsimsiz / iksvphoto.com


    Latifa Echakhch, İstanbul Modern

    The Moroccan artist’s site-specific fresco, Crowd Fade (2017), refers to the dissappointment social uprisings produce when they remain fruitless. The viewer is invited to walk through a narrow corridor between two walls facing each other and two lines of debris that fell off these walls.

    Latifa Echakhch, Silinen Kalabalık.

    Latifa Echakhch, Silinen Kalabalık / iksvphoto.com


    Volkan Aslan, İstanbul Modern

    With his three-channel video installation Home Sweet Home (2017), Volkan Aslan questions the boundaries between the sedentary and the nomadic, the indoor and the outdoor, the safe and the unsafe situations, pointing out to the fragility of the current state of each and every one of us.


    Leander Schönweger, Galata Greek Primary School

    The young artist’s work Our Family Lost (2017) consists of a labyrinth composed of rooms that become smaller as the viewer proceeds. This dreamlike installation making the viewer lose his or her sense of direction also refers to concepts like alienation and the disintegration of social solidarity.

    Leander Schönweger, Ailemiz Kaybetti/Kayboldu.

    Leander Schönweger, Ailemiz Kaybetti/Kayboldu / iksvphoto.com


    Erkan Özgen, Galata Greek Primary School

    In the video Wonderland (2016) by the artist born in Mardin and based in Diyarbakır, a hearing and talking-impaired boy named Muhammed tries to tell, through signs and gestures, the story of his trauma within the context of the migration wave taking over the entire Middle East.

    Erkan Özgen, Harikalar Diyarı.

    Erkan Özgen, Harikalar Diyarı / iksvphoto.com


    Mark Dion, Galata Greek Primary School

    The artist interested in ecosystems and taxonomies creates two cabins of curiosity, İstanbul’s Persistent Weeds (2017) and The Resilient Marine Life of stanbul (2017). The first illustrates the plant species that managed to survive in spite of Istanbul’s intense wave of urbanization, while the second features the sea creatures that still inhabit the Bosphorus.

    Mark Dion, İstanbul’un İnatçı Otları.

    Mark Dion, İstanbul’un İnatçı Otları / iksvphoto.com


    Tsang Kin-Wah, Pera Museum

    The Fourth Seal – HE is to No Purpose and HE Wants to Die for the Second Time (2010) from the Hong Kong-based artist’s Seven Seals series is a multi-channel video installation of continuously looping words. The artist opening the gates into an existential questioning on the end of the world, is heavily inspired by religious and philosophical literature.

    Tsang Kin-Wah

    Tsang Kin-Wah, The Fourth Seal – HE is to No Purpose and HE Wants to Die for the Second Time / tsangkinwah.com


    Click for the 15th Istanbul Biennial conceptual framework.

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    Long-Awaited Tate St. Ives is Returning

    Tate St. Ives, England

    Located in Cornwall, England, Tate St. Ives opened its doors to the public after the completion of a 4-year renovation and restoration project.


    With the project doubling the museum’s size, now the visitors will be able to visit new exhibition areas, and attend to new programs and events that will be carried out in newly built spaces.

    Clore Sky Stüdyosu

    Clore Sky Studio

    The development of new display techniques and an increase in visitor numbers brought the need to renovate the existing museum building which was built in 1993. For that reason, architects of the original building, Rvans and Shalev was appointed for the creation of new Clore Sky Studio, St. Ives Studio and entrance area. For the first time, the museum will display 20th century artworks. Organized in a chronological order, featuring artists who lived and/or worked in St. Ives such as Peter Lanyon, Barbara Hepworth, Piet Mondrian, Naum Gabo and Paule Vézelay, the exhibition reveals St. Ives’ impact on the development of the 20th century art.

    Tate St. Ives Ziyaretçi Alanı

    Tate St. Ives Visitor Facilities

    The second part of the project was extension of the museum building. Due to the lack of space, the museum had to be closed during times of exhibition installations and change. A new building was created by Jamie Fober Architects to solve the problem. Decorated with tiles, this new building has a terrace garden which creates a unity with the beach below, and has new restoration hubs, staff offices and visitor facilities.

    © Rebecca Warren

    © Rebecca Warren

    The inauguration exhibition that celebrates the opening of the museum consists of Rebecca Warren’s works. Artist’s first solo-exhibition in the UK in past 8 years, ‘’All that Heaven Allows’’ exhibits a selection from Warren’s special sculpture and neon case works between October 14, 2017-January, 2018.

    Tate St. Ives İç Görünüm

    Tate St. Ives Interior

    Ready to host 3 times more visitors, adding 600 square metres to its original space and having new life with new studios and areas, the Tate St. Ives is now welcoming visitors and art lovers who visit the city.

    Simge Erdoğan

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    Welcoming Autumn with Frieze London

    October 5-7 2017, Regent’s Park

    As every year, a very rich schedule of events is waiting for the art enthusiasts who will be in London during Frieze week. Especially in the last five years, Frieze London has been considered one of the most important international contemporary art fairs.  In the Galleries section featuring the some of the world’s leading galleries, highlights include Marianne Boesky, Tanya Bonakdar, Chantal Crousel, Massimo de Carlo, Eigen + Art, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Lisson, Nordenhake, Pace, Esther Schipper, White Cube and David Zwirner.

    Spencer Finch, Nordenhake.

    Spencer Finch, Nordenhake.


    The fair’s non-profit section Frieze Projects, on the other hand, stands out with the medicinal plant exhibition outside the fair and the empathy-based interactive performance by the South African artist Donna Kukama; the Antarctica project where the artist duo Lucy + Jorge Orta explore alternative models of community building and Georgina Starr’s performance Androgynous Egg, taking place in a sculptural environment.

    Lucy ve Jorge Orta, Antarctica. Fotograf sanatcilarin web sayfasindan alinmistir.

    Lucy ve Jorge Orta, Antarctica.


    Georgina Starr. Fotoğraf: Justin Westover, Cargocollective.

    Georgina Starr. Photo: Justin Westover, Cargocollective.


    The Focus section hosts several young and exciting galleries, including Arcadia Missa from London, Emmanuel Layr from Vienna and Night Gallery from Los Angeles, one of the former participants of Artinternational Istanbul.

    Hannah Black, Arcadia Missa. Kaynak-Frieze.com

    Hannah Black, Arcadia Missa. Source: Frieze.com


    Lili Reynaud-Dewar. Emmanuel Layr. kaynak-frieze.com

    Lili Reynaud-Dewar. Emmanuel Layr. Source: Frieze.com


    Derek Boshier, Night Gallery. Kaynak-frieze.com

    Derek Boshier, Night Gallery. Source: Frieze.com


    In this year’s edition that gives particular importance to the subject of Feminism, one of the most highly anticipated sections is the special projects exhibition Sexwork, curated by Alison Gingeras and featuring participating galleries such as Air de Paris, Salon 94 and Regen Projects.

    Birgit Jürgenssen, Galerie Hupert Winter. Kaynak: Frieze.com

    Birgit Jürgenssen, Galerie Hupert Winter. Source: Frieze.com


    You may visit Frieze Masters for works dating back to a period ranging from the Ancient Era to the late 20th century. The event features more than 130 galleries and its Collections section curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal is particularly worthy of seeing with the various authentic art forms it brings into attention.

    For those who enjoy art outdoors and in nature, Frieze Sculpture is an ideal option. Urs Fischer, KAWS, Michael Craig-Martin and Ugo Rondinone are only some of the 25 artists whose works will be on view in this section.

    KAWS, FINAL DAYS (2013), Galerie Perrotin

    KAWS, FINAL DAYS (2013), Galerie Perrotin- Photo: Stephen White


    Throughout the week of Frieze, London is home to a variety of other must-see art events as well.

    Among these, the fifth edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair taking place in October 5-8 at the Somerset House is definitely not to be missed. The fair’s FORUM section themed The Conversationists brings into discussion the role of educational programs in building sustainable economies of information.

    The Special Projects, on the other hand, stands out with the highly anticipated film program History is Not Mine, organized by the Capetown and Johannesburg-based Goodman Gallery. The films will be on view from October 6 to 8, every day from noon to 1 pm.

    Mohau Modisakeng, WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery.

    Mohau Modisakeng, Passage, WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery.


    Another must-see exhibition was inaugurated on September 21 at The Barbican Center; Jean-Michel Basquiat: Boom for Real brings together more than a hundred of the artist’s works from museums and collections worldwide.

    Susan Hiller, Channels, 2013. Kaynak-Sothebys.com

    Susan Hiller, Channels, 2013. Kaynak: Sothebys.com


    Another exciting event will start on October 5: the group exhibition Everything at Once, organized by Lisson Gallery and Vinyl Factory at 180 The Strand, comes with an extraordinary artist list featuring names like Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Marina Abramoviç, Cory Arcangel, Dan Graham, Susan Hiller  and Tatsuo Miyajima.

    Katharina Grosse, South London Gallery.

    Katharina Grosse, South London Gallery.


    South London Gallery presents This Drove my Mother up the Wall, an exhibition by Katharina Grosee featuring site-specific wall paintings. For photography enthusiasts, Whitechapel Gallery is a compulsory stop. Thomas Ruff: Photographs 1979 – 2017 is an outstanding retrospective of Ruff’s four decades of artistic practice.

    Thomas Ruff-Substrat31III, Whitechapel Gallery.

    Thomas Ruff-Substrat31III, Whitechapel Gallery.


    Discover the world’s leading art events with Fair Calendar.

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    On Art and Society with Gözde Gürel

    Interview: İpek Yeğinsü

    The artist Gözde Gürel is both very young and profound. She welcomes the human being into her works with all his worry, pain and hope. As one of the newest members of the Art50.net family, we had a conversation with Gürel where we got to know more about her and her artistic practice.


    When and how did you become interested in art?

    I have been interested in painting since I was little. In the last seven years, I have been continuing my life as a graphic design student. Actually this had kept me away from the thought of having to decide on what to do with my life; yet this was also the time during which I rediscovered I had to keep on painting.


    You refer to your art as “close to the lowbrow movement”. Can we hear a bit more about it, its characteristics and history?

    Lowbrow is a visual artistic movement that emerged in late 70s in Los Angeles, California; it is also known as Pop Surrealism. It generally focuses on painting while occasionally being used in sculptures and toys, and it also draws inspiration from subculture and comics.

    Gözde Gürel, Gizli Oda Arkadaşı, 2015.

    Gözde Gürel, Secret Roommate, 2015.

    In your works, autobiographic elements, psychological references and social criticisms are plenty. In your opinion, what is the biggest problem in contemporary societies?

    If I consider myself a member of the society, I can answer this from a personal viewpoint; although we think we are very precious, we keep finding ourselves in devalued and devaluing relationships. This is as tiresome as it is ironic. There are is limit to our desire as well as to our pessimism.


    We may argue that your artistic approach has affinity with comics and caricature. Are there any comics you regularly follow? Your favorite comic hero/heroine? And why?

    Even if I’m not a devoted follower, I love reading comics. I find the Image Comics series particularly empowering and contemporary. I usually enjoy reading the stories of those characters like Wonder Woman and Batwoman that challenge gender norms.


    Your works contain references to social phobia. Your thoughts on this subject?

    I’m a member of the generation that has witnessed both the pre and the post internet era, and I can say we occasionally go through difficult times. Our emotions and actions are in constant conflict and I think this is why we tend to push people away, our problems being our main excuses.


    Gözde Gürel, Anksiyete, 2015.

    Gözde Gürel, Anxiety, 2015.

    The artists you admire? And the writers you find inspiration in?

    I can mention Matt Gordon, Alice Wellinger, Camille Rose Garcia, Alessandro Sicioldr, Elif Varol Ergen, Mercedes Helnwein, Nick Sheehy, Ali Elmacı and Thomas Ascott. In my high school years I used to paint out of inspiration from the writings of William S. Burroughs; I’m still influenced by the kind of writing that contains free associations, taking the mind to an intriguing journey. It works particularly well while developing an idea for a new work.


    How did you come across Art50.net? Your thoughts on online art platforms?

    I became acquainted with Art50.net after the group exhibition “Geography: LGBTI + Pride Week” at Galeri Bu. My works have never been on sale on an online platform before, and it will be a novelty for me as well.


    Your projects in the nearest future?

    My current priority is to keep my motivation high and to create even more art.


    Click for the artist’s page.