Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | November 24, 2014


We are back in Beyoğlu for a jam-packed gallery walk, in which shows of contemporary Turkish masters and Orientalist painters can be enjoyed alongside works by on-the-rise artists from Turkey and the surrounding region. Merve Şendil, ‘Start’ Let’s start at the Tünel end of Istiklâl Caddesi. On Asmalımescit Caddesi, at...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art, History, Museums, Photography

Dubai’s new art fair

World Art Dubai 2015

By Victoria Khroundina | November 20, 2014


Dubai is determined to prove itself as a cultural capital with a strong presence of visual arts in the region and on the world stage – and the introduction of a new art fair might steer it along in the right direction. The inaugural World Art Dubai joins the established...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Fine Art, News

The prince and the photographer

‘Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East’ exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, London

By Tim Cornwell | November 20, 2014


In February 1862, the Photographic News in London excitedly told its readers that the photographer Francis Bedford had been commissioned to accompany the young Prince of Wales on a four-month tour of the Ottoman Middle East and Greece.      It illustrated ‘that the heir to England’s throne takes as deep an...
Posted in Exhibitions, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

Lights, camera, action

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | November 17, 2014


With Contemporary Istanbul behind us, we are back in Karaköy/Tophane for an art walk of group and solo shows exploring diverse subjects and genres, with an emphasis on cinema, photography and realism. 100 years of Turkish cinema Let’s start at Istanbul Modern, which besides holding exhibitions we have covered elsewhere...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Film, Museums

Take a peek into the future of design

By Victoria Khroundina | November 12, 2014


Istanbul is determined to prove itself as a contemporary art and design stronghold, and the second edition of the Design Biennial takes the city in its desired direction. The curator, Zoë Ryan, believing that ‘design is inextricably linked to every aspect of our daily lives’, chose the future of design...
Posted in Design

Gallery walkabout: Taksim to Cihangir

One-name masters

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | November 10, 2014


We are in Taksim/Cihangir for our walk this week, visiting two of our favourite galleries who are each hosting a solo show of a mononymous artist. We also have a new addition to our gallery walks. The Revolutionary Years of Turkish Contemporary Art: 1980s THE REVOLUTIONARY YEARS OF TURKISH CONTEMPORARY...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Time for another art fair…

Contemporary Istanbul 2014

By Victoria Khroundina | November 6, 2014


The biggest week for contemporary art in Istanbul lands exactly a week from today. The four-day Contemporary Istanbul fair takes place at the Istanbul Congress Centre, in Harbiye (between Taksim and Nişantaşı), which has this year been given a makeover by Tabanlıoğlu Architects. Bigger than ever, this ninth Contemporary Istanbul...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Main Featured Istanbul

Gallery walkabout: Beşiktaş

All about the technique

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | November 4, 2014


We are in Beşiktaş this week, visiting some of our favourite galleries for five solo shows exploring the use of unusual techniques. Ilgın Seymen, ‘Blind Love’, 2014, plastic bottles, polyurethane foam, spray paint, iron rods, epoxy adhesive, 70 cm x 100 cm x 70 cm ILGIN SEYMEN’S FOREVER BLIND Let’s start...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Polish life

‘Shock Therapy’ at the Millî Reasürans Gallery

By Victoria Khroundina | October 31, 2014


Although the wonderful Millî Reasürans Gallery in Maçka left it to the end of the year to celebrate 600 years of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey, the show it has staged brings the goods. The gallery is hosting Shock Therapy, which brings together works of ten photographers offering a...
Posted in Exhibitions, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

Bending perception

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | October 27, 2014


This week we are in Nişantaşı – the commercial centre of the city and one of the first contemporary art hubs – for an interesting walk featuring mostly solo shows of Turkish artists. Many of the works seen on this walk are concerned with bending perception, whether in pop art,...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

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

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...
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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...
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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...
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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
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