Autumn jazz

Highlights of the Akbank Jazz Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | October 23, 2014


A lot more accessible (and in some ways interesting) than the major IKSV-run Istanbul Jazz Festival that takes place during the summer, the Akbank Jazz Festival – with the moniker ‘the city in a state of jazz’ – starts today. Now in its 24th year, this popular jazz festival brings...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz, Main Featured

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

All discliplines

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | October 20, 2014


We are in Beyoğlu – the city's European centre – for a fun, diverse gallery walk. All the galleries we visit are on or off the main thoroughfare, İstiklâl Caddesi (above). John Wreford JOHN WREFORD’S RAQS SHARQI Let’s start at the Tünel end, in the backstreets of Asmalımescit, where Galatea...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Turks at Frieze

Three Istanbul galleries test the waters in London

By Tim Cornwell | October 18, 2014


Founded in London 12 years ago, the Frieze art fair is a massive October art jamboree now under luxurious pavilions in Regent’s Park. At the original Frieze London, 162 galleries this year showed the contemporary art scene at both its innovative best and its market-driven worst. Nearby in the spin-off...
Posted in Contemporary Art

The city through the lens

FotoIstanbul 2014

By Victoria Khroundina | October 16, 2014


I was delighted to hear that a new photography festival is descending on my neighbourhood. From this Saturday (October 18), the Beşiktaş municipality will host a month-long festival featuring 50 exhibits and numerous lectures, roundtable discussions, workshops and special presentations. Ken SchlesNightwalk The municipality worked with a team of art...
Posted in Photography, Highlights Istanbul

News for art professionals

By Victoria Khroundina | October 15, 2014


The Association of Art Historians (AAH) has announced its next batch of funding for academic collaborations with museums and galleries. The next deadline is in two weeks’ time on November 1st. If you have an idea for a project but need more time, you can apply for the next round...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Museums, News, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

A bit of everything

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | October 13, 2014


We are back in Karaköy/Tophane, the city’s undisputed gallery hub, for a chock-a-block walk this week. Taus Makhacheva, still from the video ‘Walk’ TAUS MAKHACHEVA’S DAGESTAN. NOT FOR SALE. Let’s start on Mumhane Caddesi, which runs parallel to the main drag, Kemeraltı Caddesi, where the tram runs. At No 67,...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Dreaming of Mardin

By Tara Alisbah | October 10, 2014


Four years ago, about four months after I’d arrived in Turkey, I went to Mardin for a slightly trumped up work visit. I was researching NGOs serving at-risk children and youth, and I could have gone to any city in Turkey, but Mardin had been calling to me ever since...
Posted in Culinary Arts, History, Literature, Travel

Ancient & Modern Research Prize 2014–15

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | October 9, 2014


Entries are now open for Ancient & Modern, a scholarship for original research sponsored by Cornucopia and Halı magazines, and by Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s. The ninth (2014/15) grant of £1,000 for a research project will be awarded to a candidate less than twenty-six or over sixty years of age....
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Culinary Arts, History, Islamic Art, News

Gallery walkabout: Beşiktaş

Size, colour and material

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | October 6, 2014


This week we are in Beşiktaş for our gallery walk, where mostly solo shows and one group show explore the spectrum of size, colour and materials in contemporary art. All the action takes place in Akaretler, a two-pronged street of townhouses built at the end of the 19th century to...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

London’s Islamic Sales Week, October 2014

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | October 5, 2014


What a happy mix, the mingling of Islamic and Indian worlds under the umbrella of Islamic sales week in London. The three big auction houses stage their biannual Islamic art sales this week, and it is not too late to see what’s on offer. At Sothebys, Arts of the Islamic...
Posted in Fine Art

The Filmekimi comes to town

By Victoria Khroundina | October 2, 2014


Almost time for Filmekimi! This year over 40 highly rated films will be showcased at this popular festival: a mix of award-winners from the year’s festival circuit, indie favourites and thought-provoking documentaries – thankfully without a blockbuster in sight. The !f Istanbul festival is also gaining momentum, but that takes...
Posted in Film

Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

The abstract vs the minimalist

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | September 29, 2014


We are in chic Nişantaşı this week for a gallery walk in which painting and abstract art feature heavily. Besides perusing the galleries on the two main streets of Mim Kemal Öke Caddesi and Abdi Ipekçi Caddesi, we will also venture further afield to two new additions to our walks...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Ahmet Ertegün’s lasting legacy

By Victoria Khroundina | September 25, 2014


Fresh news from the Turkish Cultural Foundation that the young opera singer Önay Kağan Köse is the recipient of the 2014–2015 Ahmet Ertegün Memorial Scholarship. Köse has won the scholarship for the fifth time and in this coming year will be studying under Dr Robert C White Jr, a professor...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Opera, News

Istanbul in the winter

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | September 24, 2014


Thank you to one of our readers, Leyla Argun, for sending in her rendition of a black-and-white photograph taken of Istanbul in the winter of 1929.
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art

Gallery walkabout: Taksim to Cihangir

Interpreting memories and emotions

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | September 22, 2014


This week we are in Taksim and Cihangir for our gallery walk, where three of our favourite galleries are hosting powerful solo/duo shows. C M Koseman, ‘Errant Head’, 2014, acrylic on art paper, 70 x 100.5 cm C M KOSEMAN’S UNUTTERABLE EXPRESSIONS The three galleries we visit are all located on Sıraserviler...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

An old union

When Scotland and England met

By John Scott | September 19, 2014


CREETOWN GRANITE Carefully carved on this slab of granite in Dumfriesshire, on the Solway Firtth, are the following words. Formed from an enormous blob of molten rock, this granite may have been created when continents collided and Scotland and England were united. Trapped beneath the earth's surface it cooled down...

ArtInternational 2014: what’s in store

By Victoria Khroundina | September 18, 2014


Anticipation is high for the second edition of this art fair, aiming to challenge the veteran Contemporary Istanbul. ArtInternational is still very much the new kid on the block, but the fair is set to deliver the goods this year with interesting side programmes, exclusive displays of new works by big...
Posted in Contemporary Art, News

The Scottish Referendum

By John Scott | September 18, 2014


As our readers know, Cornucopia Magazine is all about Turkey, but it has one foot in Istanbul and one foot in the Scottish Borders. So today is a day of reckoning. Having watched Turkey take the first step in dismantling its hard-won parliamentary constitution this summer, it is with some...

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

A tantalising smorgasbord

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | September 15, 2014


We are in bustling Beyoğlu this week for some diverse and thoroughly fascinating shows. Exhibition view SUMMER HOMES: CLAIMING THE COAST Let’s start in the middle of İstiklâl Caddesi (past the Galatasaray Lycée) at SALT Beyoğlu (above). The exhibition du jour, Summer Homes: Claiming the Coast, presents a study – supported...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

The winds of change

Extreme Sailing 2014 in Istanbul

By Harriet Rix | September 14, 2014


Dolphins joined the 12-strong fleet of extreme sailing catamarans close to the shore at Yenikapı as the Istanbul Extreme Regatta got underway, and they were not the only things that were flying out of the water. The Extreme 40 catamaran was designed to maximise excitement for spectators; about as light...
Posted in Sport
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