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The artists’ photographer, Italian-born, Istanbul-based Elio Montanari stages his first major solo exhibition in Turkey.
Montanari photographed hundreds of international artists producing, installing and rehearsing their works for major art events and exhibitions from the early 1980s until 2005. His personal archive – housed in Fener – comprises over 500,000 negatives and dia-positives, which capture intimate moments between artists and their assistants, curators and peers. The majority of Montanari’s negatives have remained untouched for almost thirty years. Until now.
Montanari’s show will include series of photographs that reveal the concentration and passion of individual artists as they work – whether completing one piece or staging an entire exhibition. Ten important and historically significant moments of production will be shown, including photographs of such artists as Matthew Barney, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Catherine David, Alanna Heiss, Jannis Kounellis, Marisa Merz, Claes Oldenburg and Emilio Vedova at work. The main exhibition hall will act as a portrait gallery of some of the most respected curators, artists and arts professionals working during the 1980s and 1990s, along with a homage to sculptor James Lee Byars.