• Everard Read Blessing Ngobeni Uninvited Guest , 2016, Mixed Media on Canvas 163 x 356 cm

    African Art is under one ROOF: INVESTEC Cape Town Art Fair 2018

    16-18th February 2018, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)


    Positioned as the most prestigious and leading art fair in Africa, Investec Cape Town Art Fair will take place between the 16-18th of February 2018 in the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The fair will feature very important names from all over the World and from Africa and its diaspora, as well as young artists and newly emerging galleries. It will not only bring the best examples of African Contemporary Art to the World scene but also will turn this vibrant and dynamic city into a cultural hub.

    Lhola Amira, Narrative LAGOM-Breaking Bread with The Self-Righteous II, 2017. Fotoğraf: Rag Baryta

    Lhola Amira, Narrative LAGOM-Breaking Bread with The Self-Righteous II, 2017. Photo: Rag Baryta

    Since its first edition six years ago, Investec Cape Town Art Fair has become one of the most important fairs which introduced South African art and artists and its diaspora to the world, and encouraged an artistic and cultural dialogue. Every year it forms an economic platform both in the city and beyond, which plays a key role in the growth of the South African art market through increased purchases and participation. It continues to develop knowledge and expertise in art industry. According to the fair director Laura Vincenti, ‘’the fair provides a platform to showcase works by both established and emerging Pan-African and diasporic artists and exposing these artists to new local and international audiences and collectors, to further a sustainable market for the arts on the continent.”

    Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Feeling of Abandonment, 2017 - October Gallery, London

    Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Feeling of Abandonment, 2017 – October Gallery, London

    Cape Town, with its geography and cultural diversity, is a special city for collectors, art lovers and professionals. Thanks to the rich fair program made of panels and talks, special exhibits and installations and video screenings after fair hours, the fair will make Cape Town an artistic habitat during 24 hours a day.

    What do we see in the 2018 edition? Sponsored by Investec, this year fair features approximately 85 galleries and 75 artists from all over the World. Galleries from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Italy and UK will showcase a rich collection of visual arts such as traditional arts, paintings, drawings and sculpture. In the MAIN SECTION, we see a total of 37 leading international galleries including October Gallery London, Worldart Cape Town, ArtCO GALLERY and Art FIRST. TOMORROWS/TODAY features new emerging gallery and artists, who are considered as today’s young and dynamic actors that will be tomorrow’s important leading names. Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, this section features a total of 10 galleries.

    Keyezua FORTIA, MOVART

    Keyezua FORTIA, MOVART

    When we look at new sections and additions to the fair, firstly we see SOLO. In its first iteration, the section is curated by Nontobeko Ntombla and is dedicated to women artists. Galleries and works on display in SOLO will offer different perspectives towards socio-political issues faced by women, while also highlighting their contribution to the art world.

    Another new and important part of the fair is the AFTER HOURS HUB. As part of the project, a special film screening program entitled ‘Harboured’ will take place. The best examples of video art will meet with the public in three spaces located in Cape Town’s art and culture centre, Silo region. Curated by Brent Meistre, this program will screen video art by important artists after fair hours. The screenings will last throughout the entire evening, until 11 pm, and will make art accessible to the public for 24 hours.

    WHATIFTHEWORLD Buhlebezwe Siwani - Qunusa Buhle! 1-3 (Triptych)

    Buhlebezwe Siwani, Qunusa Buhle! 1-3, WHATIFTHEWORLD


    When we look at the commissioned works, we see three important artists, Lungiswa Gqunta, Turiya Magadlela and Sethembile Msezane. These artists were commissioned to create installations that represent women’s domestic life. Made of objects found in domestic spaces, these installations which will feature in the UNFRAMED section will comment on the roles of women, and hence present a different fair experience which goes beyond traditional booth exhibits.

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    Simge Erdoğan

  • GamzeBüyükkuşoğlu

    An Artful Conversation with Gamze Büyükkuşoğlu

    Interview: İpek Yeğinsü, Photo: Serkan Eldeleklioğlu

    Thanks to their collectorship tradition and their projects in support of art, Büyükkuşoğlu Family is always under the spotlight. As the founder of The Art Department and the director of the family collection, Gamze Büyükkuşoğlu is also a multi-tasking professional with formal education in the field. We talked to her about their ongoing projects at Casa dell’Arte and their newest enterprise in Lisbon.


    How did Casa dell’Arte and The Art Department come into being? What are their mission and vision? The most important projects you have done so far?

    To keep a long story short, Casa dell’Arte was founded in 2007 as a boutique art hotel in Bodrum to present Turkish art to the tourists, and where the guests would feel at home. On the other hand, in addition to its artist residency program organized every year at Casa dell’Arte, the Art Department is an institution aiming at giving support to those artists’ projects that do not fit into other institutions’ programs, as well as organizing education programs that make contemporary art a more accessible field.


    I suppose your residency program is the only example of its kind in Turkey that is still active on a regular basis; what contributions do such programs have to the artists’ careers? What kind of opportunities do you offer to your resident artists?

    Yes, 2018 is our seventh year. In the program, we host the artists for six weeks so that they can realize their projects in an environment of tranquility, away from the struggles of daily life. Our objective is to create a productive atmosphere that both allows them to interact with the local people and to exchange ideas with the other resident artists whenever they need to do so while concentrating on their own projects. We can’t always find this opportunity in the city. During the residency we take the artists to the must-see places in Bodrum. Bodrum Castle, Zeki Müren Museum and the Mausoleum are some of the sites we visit in every program. We also visit the studios of those artists based in Bodrum. In addition to the field trips, we also invite local and international curators, gallery directors and art critics to the program every year, with whom we organize 1-2-day long seminars and critiques. Of course these programs contribute to the artists’ careers in the sense that they can position themselves within the international art scene and make connections abroad; but the program’s main objective is to make sure the artist has an efficient period of production.

    Casa dell’Arte konuk sanatçı programından

    Casa dell’Arte residency program – Mahmut Aydın


    Who are this year’s participants? Any novelties in the program? Will they have an exhibition project as well?

    This year’s participants are Ahmet Can Boyan, Dilara Arısoy, Rehan Miskçi, Gizem Ünlü and Emn Yu. As this is a program with an amateur’s spirit, the specific content varies depending on the participants’ professional profile.This year’s program is currently in the making.


    How did your hotel and residency adventure in Lisbon begin? How is it going? How will its model be like in terms of the hotel / residency connection?

    As Casa dell’Arte we have been longing for quite some time to open up to the international scene. We preferred Portugal thanks to its similarities to Turkey and its tourism-friendly climate. Starting from March, Casa dell’Arte Lisbon will be open to visitors both as Clubhouse and gallery. We will continue the residency with a particular sensitivity for individual artist projects. It will be a program with one or two-months duration for independent artists who want to take their practice abroad.

    Lizbon Casa dell’Arte Clubhouse

    Lisbon Casa dell’Arte Clubhouse

    Lizbon Casa dell’Arte Clubhouse

    Lisbon Casa dell’Arte Clubhouse


    Are there any other residency programs you modelled yours based upon?

    No 🙂 This program emerged out of the desire to work in a collective environment that enables idea exchange, and instead of establishing a structure from scratch, we responded to this desire by using the already existing facilities in Bodrum so that we could keep the program free of charge. Frankly, there was no example we could model ours upon since our conditions were very specific. There are a few programs abroad that we would like to collaborate with, to increase the international exposure of our artists that have previously joined the program.


    The most interesting exhibition you have recently visited?

    The most exciting exhibition I have recently seen is the Fureya Retrospective, to which we have also loaned an artwork from our collection. It was extended for a week but I wish it could have stayed longer.


    The trips with a focus on art you have been planning for this year?

    Madrid in February to visit my friends with the excuse of ARCO, Art Dubai in March that I will visit for the first time, ARCO Lisbon in May and Frieze New York if I can.


    You have a BFA in Applied Arts. Do you still produce works? Will we see them in an exhibition one day?

    Yes, I can’t think not doing it. It means a lot to me to be able to make something with my hands. I’m a little strict when it comes to assuming multiple roles; perhaps in the future.


    You had several collaborations with Art50.net under the roof of Casa dell’Arte. Can we talk about how these exhibitions came into being? Plus, your ideas on the future of online art platforms?

    Working with Art50.net has always been a pleasure, particularly since we have parallel objectives regarding young artists. I know their working principles and I trust them, so it’s a platform I refer the artists to without hesitation. Online art platforms are very precious with the way they render art accessible from everywhere and anytime; but their job is not easy, for they also have the responsibility to design a viewer experience equivalent to or even better than ‘real life’.

    Ayşegül Karakaş

    Ayşegül Karakaş


    If you were to curate a selection of 10 artworks from Art50.net’s gallery, which ones would you pick? What would its title and conceptual framework be?

    Since the beginning of 2018 I have had serious health issues. Migraine, a flu I can’t get rid of, and joint pain all compelled me to stay at home and to obsessively re-evaluate everything I eat, drink and touch with my body. And analysis makes you even more pessimistic; thus the selection might be slightly dystopian.


    Aslı Dinç – Them

    Aslı Dinç, Them, 2015.

    Aslı Dinç, Them, 2015.


    Ayşegül Karakaş – Relocation 2

    Ayşegül Karakaş, Yer Değiştirme 2, tuval üzerine yağlıboya, 2012.

    Ayşegül Karakaş, Relocation 2, 2012.


    Ege Dömez – Sefer Tası

    Ege Dömez, Sefer Tası

    Ege Dömez, Sefer Tası, 2015.


    Ahmet Rüstem Ekici – We Series No:2

    ahmet rüstem ekici

    Ahmet Rüstem Ekici, We Series 2, 2017.


    Serenay Özen – Untitled

    Serenay Özen, İsimsiz, kağıt üzerine mürekkepli kalem, 2011.

    Serenay Özen, Untitled, 2011.


    Karbon – After Dark My Sweet No 1

    After Dark My Sweet No 1

    Karbon, After Dark My Sweet No 1, 2014.


    Saliha Yılmaz – Siyah Orkideli Kadın

    Saliha Yılmaz - Siyah Orkideli Kadın

    Saliha Yılmaz, Siyah Orkideli Kadın, 2016.


    Aslı Aydemir – Child Cellist

    Aslı Aydemir, Çocuk Çellist / Güzelleme Serisi, porselen mavi-beyaz biblolar, epoksi ve beton, 2016.

    Aslı Aydemir, Child Cellist, 2016.


    Taşkın Esin – QI

    Taşkın Esin, QI, Projeksiyon mapping, 2016.

    Taşkın Esin, QI, Projeksiyon mapping, 2016.


    Kajal – Moving Again

    Kajal, Moving Again, 2017.

    Kajal, Moving Again, 2017.



    First piece you acquired: Robert Montgomery – People You Love (2009)
    The piece you would like to own the most:?
    The type of art that intrigues you: All, but I have a weakness for painting.
    The meaning of art for you: Let me steal the following from Louise Bourgeois: “Art is a guarantee of sanity”.


  • Yves Saint Laurent

    Fashion and Art in the Red City: Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Marrakesh

    Marrakesh, Yves Saint Laurent Museum

    Everything started in 1964 when fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent decided to set aside certain prototypes and accompanying accessories from his every collection, which are housed in the Yves Saint Laurent Museum today. The Museum gives its visitors a chance to get to know the life, works and the creative mind of the 20th century’s iconic haute couture fashion designer who was also a big fan of Mondrian’s art. Located near the Jardin Majorelle, the Museum invites its visitors on a vogaye to artistic creativity and fashion.


    Source: thedailybeast.com

    The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakesh is one of the two museums that house and display Laurent’s fashion collections. The building opened its doors to the public in October 2017. It hosts approximately 4.000 garments, 15.000 accessories and thousands of drawings, pictures and videos with an aim to shed light on the life of the designer and the history of the fashion house. It features many iconic garments that Saint Laurent designed, including the Mondrian dress, le smoking coat and safari jacket. One sees references to painting, literature, the theatre and street fashion, as well as many important objects such as original sketches, atelier worksheets, collection boards, photographs and videos of the runway shows, client notebooks. We also see important portraits of the couturier including one by Bernard Buffet, painted in 1958, and a series of portraits by Andy Warhol from 1972.

    Yves Saint Laurent Marakeş sokaklarında. © Reginald Gray. Kaynak: theguardian.com

    Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech © Reginald Gray. Source: harpeersbazaar.com

    The Museum and its collection have an interesting story. Yves Saint Laurent started to preserve important prototypes and accessories (jewellery, shoes, gloves, hats, etc.) from his every collection in 1964. Over the years, he built a rich collection that was created and preserved as passionate as a collector. To preserve his pieces, he founded the Yves Saint Laurent Fondation and hence became the first fashion designer of his age who systematically collected and stored his works. In time, more pieces including drawings, sketchbooks and fabrics were added to the Fondation collection.

    ©Horst P. Horst, 1980. Photograph by Dan Glasser.

    ©Horst P. Horst, 1980. Photo by Dan Glasser.

    Why Marrakesh? This city had a special place in Yves Saint Laurent’s designs and life. The designer first visited Marrakesh in 1966 after which he fall in love with this city’s colors. In 1980, he bought a villa with Pierre Bergé and hence became one of the inhabitants of the city. The Museum building which immortalizes the designer was created by Studio KO headed by Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty. While studying the couturier’s archives, Studio KO became intrigued by the duality between his curved and straight lines, and his approaches of cutting fabric. The interior is radically different, like the lining of a couture jacket, it is velvety and smooth.

    Kaynak: www.thedailybeast.com

    Source: thedailybeast.com

    The museum welcomes diverse exhibitions related to fashion, art, contemporary art and design in its 120m² space. The museum also includes a hall for temporary exhibitions, a research library with over 5,000 volumes, a 140-seat auditorium, bookshop and terrace café.

    Simge Erdoğan

  • Sarah M. Golonka

    Art for Everyone, Everywhere, at Every time: Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art

    Los Angeles, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA LA)

    There is a new foundation in Los Angeles Art District, the city’s center of art and culture. The Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art recently opened its doors to the public after the completion of 2-year renovation and building project, and now it is the Arts District’s newest art museum. The Institute is originally based on and replaced a former foundation, the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), which was founded in 1984 and closed in 2015. Reopened with a new name of ICA LA, this new museum has already brought a new energy to the city.

    ICA LA, Dominique Vorillon

    ICA LA, Dominique Vorillon / interiordesign.net

    It is possible to say that the ICA LA was reborn with a new name, building and logo. With its reopening to the public, from the time of its transformation into the ICA LA, the museum has a mission of embracing diversity and addressing social issues. Parallel to that, quite surprisingly, the ICA LA does not have a permanent collection or an exhibition; rather it will host a variety of temporary exhibitions that aim at presenting a series of rotating exhibitions of artists across cultures.

    The director Elsa Longhauser during installation works in the ICA LA. © Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times, Source: latimes.com

    The director Elsa Longhauser during installation works in the ICA LA. © Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times, Source: latimes.com

    The entrance to the ICA LA and its special exhibitions is free of charge. The director of the Museum, Elsa Longhauser underlines the institute’s public mission and its aim to increase its visitor numbers with these following words ‘’we want this to be an active space, crackling with energy.’’

    ICA LA, © Sarah M. Golonka/smg photography, kaynak: ICA LA

    ICA LA, © Sarah M. Golonka/smg photography, Source: ICA LA

    The ICA LA occupies an industrial building that was designed by Kulapat Yantrasast, on the outskirts of the downtown Arts District of LA. The museum extends over a space of 12,700 square-foot of which 7,500-square-feet devoted for the exhibition space, as well as it includes areas for public programs such as workshops, seminars and panels, offices, and a café.

    “Abigail DeVille: No Space Hidden (Shelter),” 2017, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). BRIAN FORREST, kaynak: www.artnews.com

    “Abigail DeVille: No Space Hidden (Shelter),” 2017, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). BRIAN FORREST, Source: artnews.com

    ICA LA’s inauguration exhibition is entitled “Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation”. It features drawings by the Mexican artist, who migrated to Los Angeles in 1925. The exhibition focuses on the life of Ramírez, which was perfectly characterized by a sense of displacement. With the hit of the Great Depression of the 1929, and the following unemployment and homelessness, soon after, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent more than 20 years of his life at the hospital. By presenting the artists’ works that were produced in this setting, the museum aims to explore the issues of diversity and alienation. In addition to the exhibition, the museum also hosts an installation by Abigail DeVille named as “No Space Hidden (Shelter)”. Made of found materials around the downtown, this installation draws attention to enormous economic disparities.

    Simge Erdoğan

  • dünyadan fuarlar ve bienaller

    Art Fairs and Biennials in 2018: Overview

    The Most Important Art Events of 2018

    2018 is another year rich in art fairs and biennials. In addition to leading global fairs like Art Basel and Frieze, collectors tend to attend new and undiscovered art events particularly in Asia, Africa and South America. Art fairs highlighting those young and emerging talents that have no chance of visibility in mainstream art fairs and focusing on affordable art are also on the rise. Here is an overview of the most important art fairs of 2018:

    (Photo: Mark Blower / Frieze London 2017)


    January 2018

    – ESTE ARTE, Uruguay, 07-09.01.18
    – LA Art Show 10-14.01.18
    – Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 11-15.01.18
    – UNTITLED San Francisco, 12-14.01.18
    – London Art Fair, 17-21.01.18
    – Art Los Angeles Contemporary, 25-28.01.18
    – Art Stage Singapore, 26-28.01.18

    February 2018

    – Art Genève, 01-04.02.18
    – Arte Fiera Bologna, 02-05.02.18
    – Gangwan International Biennale, 03.02-18.03.18
    – Rotterdam Contemporary, 07-10.02.18
    – ZSONAMACO, 07-11.02.18
    – India Art Fair, 09-12.02.18
    – 4th New Museum Triennial, 13.02-27.05.18
    – Cape Town Art Fair, 16-18.02.18
    – ARCOMADRID, 21-25.02.18
    – COLLECT, 22-25.02.18
    – 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Marrakeş, 24-25.02.18
    – Moving Image Art Fair, 27.02-02.03.18

    March 2018

    – NADA New York, 02-05.03.18
    – VOLTA New York, 07-11.03.18
    – The Armory Show, 08-11.03.18
    – Independent New York, 08-11.03.18
    – SCOPE New York, 08-11.03.18
    – Art Fair Tokyo, 08-11.03.18
    – Affordable Art Fair Milan, 08-11.03.18
    – TEFAF I Maastricht, 09-18.03.18
    – Affordable Art Fair Brussels, 15-18.03.18
    – 21. Sydney Bienali, 16.03-18.06.18
    – Art Dubai, 21-24.03.18
    – Affordable Art Fair New York, 21-25.03.18
    – Drawing Now Paris, 22-25.03.18
    – Art CENTRAL 2018, 27.03-01.04.18
    – Art Central Hong Kong, 27.03-01.04.18
    – Art Basel Hong Kong, 29-31.03.18

    April 2018

    – Art Paris Art Fair, 05-08.04.18
    – 11. Mercosul Biennial, Brezilya, 06.04-03.06.18
    – World Art Dubai, 08-21.04.18
    – SP-Arte, 11-15.04.18
    – Dallas Art Fair, 12-15.04.18
    – Miart, 13-15.04.18
    – Eva International, 14.04-09.07.18
    – Pure Arte Contemporaneo-PARC, 18-22.04.18
    – Independent Brussels, 19-22.04.18
    – Art Brussesls, 19-22.04.18
    – Art Cologne, 19-22.04.18
    – Art Vancouver, 19-22.04.18
    – Glasgow International, 20.04-07.05.18
    – Art Market San Francisco, 26-29.04.18
    – Mamut Art Project, 26-29.04.18
    – ARTMONTE-CARLO, 28-29.04.18

    May 2018

    – CONTEXT New York, 02-06.05.18
    – 13. Bienniale de Dakar, 03.05-02.06.18
    – Frieze New York, 03-06.05.18
    – 4. Mardin Bienali, 04.05-05.06.18
    – 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair I New York, 04-06.05.18
    – Bruges Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial 2018, 05.05-16.09.18
    – 8th Bucharest Biennale, 17.05-08.07.18
    – ARCOLISBOA, 17-20.05.18
    – Art Revolution Taipei, 18-21.05.18
    – Affordable Art Fair I Hong Kong, 18-20.05.18
    – ArteBA 24, 24-27.05.18
    – 16th Biennale Architettura, Venedik, 26.05-25.11.18

    June 2018

    – 1th Riboca, 02.06-28.10.18
    – 10. Berlin Bienali, 09.06-09.09.18
    – ARTVILNIUS, 07-10.06.18
    – VOLTA Basel, 11-16.06.18
    – LISTE Basel, 11-17.06.18
    – Design MIAMI Basel, 12-17.06.18
    – Art Basel, 14-17.06.18
    – Manifesta 12, 16.06-04.11.18
    – Art Athina, 20-24.06.18

    July 2018

    – Front International, 07.07-30.09.18
    – Art Santa Fe, 12-15.07.18
    – 10th Liverpool Biennial, 14.07-28.10.18
    – 7. Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, 29.07-17.09.18
    – Lam 360° – Land Art Mongolia, 30.07-25.08.18

    August 2018

    – Art Aspen, 02-05.08.18
    – Seattle Art Fair, 02-05.08.18
    – SITELINES, Santa Fe, 03.08.18-06.01.19
    – XXI Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala City, 16.08-16.09.18
    – Open Spaces, 25.08-28.10.18
    – Code Art Fair, 30.08-02.09.18
    – Chart Art Fair, 30.08-02.09.18
    – ART-O-RAMA, Marseille, 31.08-02.09.18
    – MKH Biennale, 31.08-29.09.18

    September 2018

    – FNB Joburg Art Fair 6-9.09.18

    – 12. Gwangju Biennale, 07.09-11.11.18
    – 33. São Paulo Biennale, 07.09-09.12.18
    – Sydney Contemporary, 13-16.09.18
    – Positions Berlin, 13-16.09.18
    – START Art Fair, 13-16.09.18
    – Berliner Liste, 13-16.09.18
    – Contemporary Istanbul, 20-23.09.18
    – Beirut Art Fair, 20-23.09.18
    – Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam, 21-23.09.18
    – 4. İstanbul Tasarım Bienali, 22.09-04.11.18
    – Viennacontemporary, 27-30.09.18

    October 2018

    – KIAF 2018 Art Seoul, 04-07.10.18
    – Frieze London, 04-07.10.18
    – Texas Contemporary, 04-07.10.18
    – ArtVerona, 12-15.10.18
    – FIAC, 18-21.10.18
    – Bangkok Art Biennale, 19.10.18-03.02.19
    – TEFAF New York Fall, 27-31.10.18

    November 2018

    – Paris Photo, 08-11.11.18
    – AKAA Art Fair Paris, 08-11.11.18
    – ARTIST Istanbul, 10-18.11.18
    – 12nd Shanghai Bienale, 10.11.18-10.03.19
    – LOOP Video Art Fair, 15-17.11.18
    – 11st Art Taipei Bienali, 17.11.18-10.03.19
    – Prospect New Orleans, 18.11.18-25.02.19

    December 2018

    – Art Miami, 06-09.12.18
    – Art Basel Miami Beach, 06-09.12.18