Issue 25, 2002

The Abstract Heart

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Zafer Baran’s mesmeric photography brings a new abstract to the craft, while John Carswell sets off on an odyssey in blue and white with the Topkapı Palace’s priceless porcelain. We travel to Antioch, in search of the ancient and modern, celebrate Street’s Crimean memorial church in Istanbul; sip Georgian wines; and chase Orchid-hunters. Indulge in chestnuts sweet and simple

Highlights

  • An Odyssey in Blue and White

    Chinese blue and white has had an unparalleled influence on taste in East and West for more than six centuries. Every self-respecting Islamic court had its collection of this precious porcelain, but the Topkapı Palace amassed one of the richest in the world.

  • The Orchid Hunters

    They are a dedicated breed, but not all orchid hunters share the same agenda. Some are driven to record in minute detail the glory of Turkey’s orchid species – all 148 of them. Some are more interested in eating them. The botanist Andrew Byfield joins the quest.

  • Spirit of the Vine

    Georgia’s 9,000-year love affair with the grape has produced many a spectacular wine. Here Kevin Gould continues his series on the wines of Turkey and the former dominions of the Ottoman Empire with a visit to the country that boasts 500 grape varieties. By Kevin Gould with photographs by Jason Lowe

  • Reflections on a Summerhouse

    Arlette Mellaart recalls her life in her parents’ yalı in Kanlıca, the hauntingly beautiful Safvet Pasha Yalı, with photographs from her album. The house burnt down in 1976, taking with it her husband James Mellaart’s drawing and photographs

  • Mellow Fruitfulness

    When the traveller Evliya Çelebi went to Bursa in the seventeenth century, he declared that the chestnuts there were “unrivalled in the entire world”. They are still famous today - and this is the heartland of Turkish marron glacés.
    More cookery features

  • The Abstract Heart

    The remarkable photography of Zafer Baran emerged from a hard-edged education in a Bauhaus atmosphere. But Baran’s powers of observation were to lead him into a world of pure colour, moods and associations into which the viewer is irresistibly drawn.

Inside the issue

Cover Story

  1. The Abstract Heart
    Zafer Baran's visionary lens,
    by Elizabeth Meath Baker
    [extract available online]

People and Places

  1. Moving Freely
    Maureen Freely on a peripatetic childhood with her famous father
    [available online]
  2. Reflections on a Lost Summerhouse
    The swansong of the Savfet Pasha Yalı,
    by Arlette Mellaart
    [extract available online]

Arts

  1. Connoisseur
    Exhibition and saleroom highlights from London, Paris, Istanbul and Baltimore
  2. From Ur to eternity: momemtos of Mesopotamia
    Agatha Christie and Archaeology
    at the British Museum
  3. An Odyssey in Blue and White
    Chinese porcelain, by John Carswell
    [extract available online]

Architecture

  1. The Crimean Church in Istanbul
    A Monument to Victorian Gothic,
    by Geoffrey Tyack
    [extract available online]

Travel

  1. The Life of Dionysus
    Antakya, city of excess,
    by Jacqueline de Gier
  2. The Orchid Hunters
    Plant-spotting across Anatolia,
    by Andrew Byfield

Books

  1. My Name is Red, by Orhan Pamuk. Reviewed by Jerry Brotton [available online]
  2. Turkey between Europe and Asia,
    edited by NG Kireyev.
    Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds, by Stephen Kinzer.
    Reviewed by Norman Stone
  3. A Sharp Mind and a Blind Eye, by David Barchard. [available online]
  4. In the House of Muhammad Ali: A Family Album 1805-1952, by Hassan Hassan.
    Bolter's Grand-daughter,
    by Angela Culme-Seymour.
    Reviewed by Barnaby Rogerson

Wine

  1. Spirit of the Vine
    Kevin Gould on Georgia's lengthy love affair with the grape
    [available online]

Cookery

  1. Mellow Fruitfulness
    Chestnut dishes from soup to ice cream,
    by Berrin Torolsan

Regular Features

  1. Despatches, by Andrew Finkel
  2. Trade Secrets: Sweetness and Light - Bursa's marron glacé
  3. Village Voices, by Azize Ethem
  4. Food for Thought, by Andrew Finkel
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