• Remembering Tahsin Yücel

    Throughout Turkey’s history, a great number of intellectuals lost their lives in the month of January. The first month of 2016 is no exception. This month we could not help but remember the life of a great name who left this world quietly but left a very deep imprint in our intellectual life. Although Tahsin Yücel’s passing found humble mainstream media coverage,we wanted to touch upon the importance of his life’s work.

    Tahsin Yücel was born in 1933 in Kahramanmaraş. He graduated from Galatasaray High School and studied at the Istanbul University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of French Language and Literature. He worked at Varlik Publishing House and his first book Flying Saucers came out from the same publisher. Yücel who did scholarly work on  semiotics in Paris was a Professor at the Istanbul University; he became one of the earliest researchers outside of France who applied Constructivism on linguistics. As a very prominent translator, he translated over seventy works from French into Turkish.

    Tahsin Yücel holds the Azra Erhat Superior Translation Award, Yunus Nadi Novel Award, and Ömer Asım Aksoy award as well as French Government Palmes Académiques Legion Commandeur.

     

     

     

     

  • Curationism: How Curating Took over the Art World and Everything Else

    David Balzer

    Who is a curator? Its definition extended outside the realm of art long ago, and everyone began to refer to him/herself as a curator in their respective professions. Published by Pluto Press, the book by the Canadian author and critic David Balzer explains in an entertaining language the close relationship between this phenomenon and popular culture, also presenting the history of curating in a reader friendly format. He examines in detail the Curatorial Studies programmes whose number skyrocketed in recent years.

  • Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That: Modern Art Explained

    Susie Hodge

    “My five year old could have done that” is one of the most frequently encountered viewer reactions to Modern art. Susie Hodge explains with a passionate and exciting language why it is not that simple. Selecting 100 seminal artworks from modern art history that received similar viewer criticisms, the author brings together the conditions and ideas of the period in which these works emerged; the resut is a great book illustrating the deep intellectual legacy Modern art is based on. 


     

  • The Value of Art

    Michael Findlay

    Published by the famous Prestel, “The Value of Art” is a priceless work revealing the dynamics of the art market in all its transparency. Michael Findlay, the author with  an art expertise career of nearly half a century, identifies the three different values of art as commercial, social and essential, explaining in detail how processes of art valuation actually work.

     

     

     

  • A Poor Collector’s Guide to Buying Great Art

    Erling Kagge

    Norwegian collector Erling Kagge has more than one string to his fiddle: he is a publisher, a lawyer, a mountaineer that climbed on the Everest and the first person to have walked to the South Pole without company. His book published by Kagge Forlag of which he is the founder and director, is a pleasant read reflecting his colorful personality. The book providing very useful clues on how to build an art collection with a limited budget and introducing the works in Kagge’s collection is a must-have for every collector’s library.

     

  • “PICASSO SCULPTURE”

    MoMA

    The “Picasso Sculpture” exhibition at MoMA running until February 7, 2016, is an audience hit. It focuses on more than 100 three-dimensional works the artist produced throughout his life, and it examines them from the perspective of material and creative processes.
    The book published by MoMA in parallel with the selection divided into chapters in accordance with specific periods in which Picasso devoted him to sculpture is a unique source. Edited by Ann Temkin and with texts by Luise Mahler and Virginie Perdrisot, the book immortalizes the selection, which is the biggest Picasso retrospective in the USA since MoMA’s historic show in 1967. The book opens with the curators’ introductory text, followed by a visually rich body and closes with a final list of all the exhibitions about Picasso’s sculpture works.

  • Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall

    Will Ellsworth-Jones

    Banksy, a graffiti artist from Bristol, becomes a global phenomenon and begins to break auction records. The author Will Ellsworth-Jones wants to interview him without exposing his true identity bu he is refused. Then he decides to write an unauthorized book based on bits of information he himself collects. The book depicts an ironic and alternative portrait of Banksy, the British street artist stuck in between his guerilla artist and superstar identities, facing the risk of being domesticated by the very system he opposes. The book was published by St. Martin’s Press.

     

  • How to Read Contemporary Art

    Michael Wilson

    Published by Thames & Hudson, the book is a valuable guide on how to look at, evaluate and enjoy contemporary art. With over 200 artworks created in the last two decades, Michael Wilson aims at rendering contemporary art accessible even to those who are not very familiar with the subject, also thanks to his reader-friendly and easily comprehensible language.

     

     

     

  • Sanat Kitabı / The Art Book, Phaidon: 500 Sanatçı, 500 Sanat Eseri

    Sizlere bu kez uzun süredir var olan ve sanatla ilgilenen herkes için son derece yararlı bir kaynağı tanıtmak istedik.

    Orijinali Phaidon Yayınları’ndan çıkan “The Art Book”, özellikle yanınızda kolayca taşıyabileceğiniz mini versiyonuyla dikkat çekiyor. Ortaçağ’dan modernizme uzanan sanat tarihinin mihenk taşlarını derleyen kitabın Türkçesi ise Yem Yayınları’ndan çıkmıştı. Geleneksel sınıflandırmaları yinelemekten kaçınan kitap, sanatçılar arasında stil, akım gibi ögeler üzerinden göndermeler ağı oluşturmuş ve bilgileri başarılı bir şekilde birbirleriyle ilişkilendirmiş. Teknik terimler, sanat akımları ve müze-galeri listelerine de yer vermiş. Özellikle müze gezilerinizde ve uzun yolculuklarınızda yanınızdan ayırmak istemeyeceğiniz bir kaynak olduğunu düşünüyor ve ilk fırsatta edinmenizi öneriyoruz.

     

  • Hanging Man: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

    Accused and arrested of tax fraud at the Beijing Airport in 2011 and released after 81 days, Ai Weiwei did not give up or step back despite all the pressure and control mechanisms he was exposed to. To the contrary, antagonizing the great Chinese government he made the entire world hear about the false accusations through his artworks and cleared his name. Barnaby Martin’s book “The Arrest of Ai Weiwei” is ideal for understanding not only the artist but all the other thought criminals in China and to learn how to resist pressure.

    The book is available on amazon.com

    Click to learn more about the artist’s latest exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

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